Furniture installer Richard Sowerbutts died after getting involved in altercation, Norwich inquest hears

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A furniture installer died just days after he was involved in an altercation, an inquest heard.

Richard Sowerbutts was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after suffering a head injury on Friday, October 13.

The 39-year-old, from Chorley in Lancashire, died four days later on October 17.

His medical cause of death was given as a head injury.

At the opening of his inquest in Norwich on Friday, assistant coroner Johanna Thompson said: 'The circumstances are that on Friday 13 October, Mr Sowerbutts was involved in an altercation which resulted in him falling to the ground.'


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She added that a police investigation was underway.

An inquest review hearing is due to take place on January 26, 2018.

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Norfolk Police said the altercation happened in the car park of Broadland Business Park at around 11.15pm.

Officers were called to the scene around 10 minutes later to reports that a man had collapsed

A man is his 30s was arrested, but has since been released under investigation.

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