Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Life Ruined

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Life Ruined

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Byline: Andy Passant And Andrew Pain

The family of a man left brain damaged after an alleged beating told today how his life had been destroyed.

Disabled Patrick "Paddy" Stephenson suffered a blood clot on the brain after being attacked outside a Middlesbrough pub.

His family spoke out following the collapse of the case against former England amateur boxer James Donoghue, who had denied causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Donoghue, 32, of Marlborough Gardens, Middlesbrough, walked free from court after the judge, Recorder Simon Bourne-Arton QC, stopped proceedings due to lack of evidence. A Teesside Crown Court jury heard how partially disabled Mr Stephenson was left unconscious outside the Ship Inn in Stockton Street, St Hilda's.

Uncle Jack Stephenson said after the case collapsed: "The police have done their job as far as they can. But some witnesses were not man enough to stand up and be counted. It's a wall of silence."

Detective Inspector Derek Carter of Cleveland Police said: "I am convinced there were a number of witnesses who saw the vicious attack on Paddy who refused to assist police in any way and should be examining their consciences and holding their heads in shame. …

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