Left Dying in the Street in the First Hours of the Year; PARENTS' PLEA AFTER NEW YEAR ATTACK VICTIM LOSES FIGHT FOR LIFE

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Left Dying in the Street in the First Hours of the Year; PARENTS' PLEA AFTER NEW YEAR ATTACK VICTIM LOSES FIGHT FOR LIFE


Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

NEW Year's Eve party murder victim Barry Self's parents today opened their hearts and begged for justice.

The loving dad was found bloodied and battered on a footpath just hours after seeing in the New Year at a house party in Gateshead.

Barry spent almost a week clinging to life in intensive care, but his life support system was switched off last Wednesday, leaving his loved ones devastated and sparking a murder inquiry.

How Barry came to end up uncos nscious and fatally injured not long after leaving the New Year bash on the Leam Lane estate remains a mystery.

And today, as detectives work to piece together the 38-year-old's last movements, Barry's distraught parents, Heather and Bob, from Blyth, have paid tribute to their loving son.

Heather said: "This is a tragic death and Barry will be a great loss to everyone who knew him. Barry was a wonderful son and a fantastic dad. We are all devastated and want anyone with information about the events on that night to contact police."

Hard-working dad Barry, who lived at Ingram Drive in Blyth, started his New Year's Eve celebrations at The Bugle pub on the Leam Lane estate.

And he was one of a number of drinkers in the bar to be invited back to a party at a house on nearby Underwood but not long after party-goers celebrated the arrival of 2010 the festivities turned to tragedy.

Shortly before 5am friends found him lying on a footpath covered in blood and frantically called 999. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with severe head and facial injuries and bruising around his neck, and the ambulance service contacted police.

He spent the next six days in a coma, but nothing could be done to save his life. …

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