Sheffield family vow to fight for justice

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The family of a takeaway owner killed by a single punch have vowed to continue their fight for justice following an inquest into his death.

The family of Kamlesh Ruparelia, who died in hospital three days after being hit at The White Rose pub, Handsworth, Sheffield, in 2010 will ask the Crown Prosecution Service to re-open his case.

Kieron Alexander Beresford, aged 38, of Darnall, was arrested and charged with the manslaughter of the 55-year-old, of Parkers Lane, Dore.

But when he pleaded not guilty in court the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence, which resulted in a not guilty verdict.

Coroner Christopher Dorries agreed to resume the inquest following the court case.

He heard evidence from Mr Beresford during the hearing at Medico Legal Centre.

Mr Dorries said: “Mr Beresford’s first interview with the police was an admission he had ‘snapped and lashed out’. It was only his later explanation that raised the matter of self-defence. He claimed he had only made the initial statement to stop Mr Ruparelia getting into trouble.”

But Mr Dorries said he had been faced with a ‘dilemma’ due to legislation which prevents him from making findings inconsistent with earlier Crown Court proceedings.

Offering a narrative verdict he said: “Mr Ruparelia received a fatal injury as a consequence of a single punch to the head delivered with great force during or immediately after an altercation that was primarily between others over a racist remark.”

A statement from the family said: “We are shocked by the mismanagement of his case.

“We believe that a failure to prosecute this case to trial represents a serious failure by the CPS. His death has had a traumatic impact on the entire family.”

Their legal team at Wood’s Solicitors confirmed it will ask the CPS to review the case.