Medical tests ordered after father of seven died in alleged street fight
A judge has adjourned the case of a man accused of causing the death of a smallholder during an alleged street scuffle.
Jeremy Tucker, aged 45, will face a further hearing at Exeter Crown Court after his defence team have sought their own medical evidence about the death of 54-year-old Brian Hill
Mr Hill who died in the street outside his daughter’s home in Concorde Drive Barnstaple on Sunday January 12 after an alleged confrontation.
Tucker’s case was adjourned by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court and he was bailed to return for the next hearing, which is likely to be in November.
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Mr Martin Meeke, QC, defending, said the defence are planning to instruct a consultant pathologist to conduct a second post mortem examination.
Judge Gilbert said it is likely that the case will not be heard until the New Year.
Tucker was charged with manslaughter earlier this month after a lengthy police investigation into the death of Mr Hill, who died after collapsing on a pavement outside the home of his daughter KellyAnn.
Mr Hill was a popular figure in Barnstaple where he was known for cycling around and selling eggs to friends which came from the chickens he kept on his smallholding at Fairview.
He lived in Gould Road and was the father of seven children and nine grandchildren. He originally came from Middlesborough but remained a fanatical Leeds United supporter despite living in North Devon since 1996.
Since moving to Devon he has worked as a doorman at clubs in Barnstaple, at the Norbord factory in South Molton, and for North Devon Council.
After his death his family paid a series of moving tributes to the devoted father, who has been married for 35 years and was hoping to move into a new home in the next few months.
His son David said over the past 18 months his dad had become a full time carer for one of his grandchildren who is disabled.
He said: "Dad just lived for his family, for his kids and grandkids. Dad was a fella who would make you laugh in ten seconds of seeing him, he would just draw you in. Everybody loved him.
"Dad loved his allotment. He was there everyday and he used to take his eggs from the chickens around to people.
"He cycled everywhere, I could never keep up with him, that is how he delivered the eggs around the town and it is how he got to know a lot of people. He would just stop and chat."
Daughter KellyAnn said: "Dad always described himself as a big friendly giant, the kingpin and rock of the family.
"He always said 'be happy' because you don't know what is around the corner. He was the best of men.
"He was feeling really proud on the day he died. He had been teaching me to drive and he had just dropped the car up here for me."