Aug 20 2013 by Tom Duffy, Formby Times
Family of Formby man Scott Sheard troubled by attack CCTV
THIS is the moment a doorman threw a punch that destroyed a Formby man’s life.
Scott Sheard suffered permanent brain damage from the blow and died in hospital two years later.
The CCTV footage shows doorman Stuart Humphreys punching Scott in the face outside the Destination Bar in Coronation Walk.
The former Formby High pupil drops to the floor and lies motionless on the pavement while his shocked friends remonstrate with the doorman for punching their pal.
The trouble flared when Scott was pushed as he left the bar in Coronation Walk in October 2009.
At the recent inquest into Scott’s death, assistant deputy coroner Martin Flemming said he accepted Mr Humphreys had acted in self-defence, believing he was about to be assaulted when he struck Scott.
Last year the Crown Prosecution Service said Mr Humphreys’ claim of self-defence could not be disproved in court.
Scott’s mum Fenella and step-dad Colin instructed their solicitor to release the CCTV to the Times.
The Formby family feels that Mr Humphreys should not have punched Scott. Mr Hill told the Times that he was troubled by the CCTV.
He said: “During the inquest, Mr Humphreys said he only wanted to knock Scott off balance. I have seen the CCTV and would question whether that was the action of a man trying to knock Scott off balance.”
The film also captured the aftermath of the attack, as Scott’s friends desperately called the emergency services while members of the public stopped to help before paramedics arrived.
Doctors told Scott’s family that he suffered brain damage from the punch and from the impact of his head hitting the pavement.
Scott died of septicaemia in January 2012 after being left unable to walk, talk or feed himself. He was 27. Scott’s plight was hugely distressing and demanding for his family.
Fenella always hoped her son would be able to come home one day so she could look after him.