NEIGHBOURS of a Sheffield man who died seven-and-a-half weeks after he was attacked on a Sheffield street have spoken of their shock at his death.
Anthony Sharman, of Carr Forge Road, Hackenthorpe, was beaten by two men in Hollinsend Road, Intake, in September and died on Monday, October 29.
South Yorkshire Police said the force was looking for possible links with the street attack, which happened when Mr Sharman pulled over to make a phone call on his mobile phone.
The 49-year-old was assaulted outside his vehicle and ran off, but was chased and beaten again.
Detectives are waiting for forensic pathology results to help them decide whether to treat the death as murder.
They also want to hear from witnesses to the incident.
They arrested two men, aged 31 and 26, on suspicion of assault after the attack and bailed them pending further inquiries.
The charges could change following Mr Sharman’s death.
He went to hospital after the attack and went home the following day, but his health deteriorated over the next three weeks and he was admitted again.
He spent three weeks in hospital before he died.
Yesterday, a neighbour said: “Mr Sharman and his mother only moved here a couple of years ago. I used to say hello to him. He was friendly.
“He used to work away most of the week and come back to his mother at weekends. They were very close.
“It’s terrible this has happened and I know that since he died his mother has had somebody staying with her.
“They are waiting for autopsy results I believe, to say whether it should be treated as murder.”
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.