Sister slams police after inquest verdict on Burnley man

THE SISTER of a man found dead at a Burnley drinking den has criticised the police investigation into what happened.

Patricia Hesketh said police had ‘messed up’ after East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor delivered a narrative conclusion into the death of her brother, Brendan Lally.

He concluded that Mr Lally, 51, died from serious head and neck injuries but that there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to determine whether or not he had been pushed or had fallen down a flight of stairs.

Lancashire police said they had carried out ‘a full and thorough investigation’ into the death at Reed Street, Burnley, on October 31 last year.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of murder after Mr Lally’s death, but no-one was ever charged.

Speaking outside Burnley Town Hall after the conclusion of the four-day inquest, Mrs Hesketh said she had filed an official complaint with Lancashire police regarding their inquiries.

She said: “I am disappointed. I’m concerned that they weren’t listening to what I told them.

“I’m totally not satisfied with how they’ve conducted the case. I’m not letting it go.

“It took them two searches of the house to recover evidence and they didn’t seem bothered at all.

Pathologist Dr Naomi Carter said she found ‘a great deal of injuries’ to Mr Lally’s body during his post-mortem, including a deep cut to the left side of his head consistent with landing on smashed glass.

Reaching his narrative conclusion, Mr Taylor said some evidence he had heard was ‘unreliable’ or of ‘very little use’, and that none of it assisted him in finding out what had happened at the top of the stairs to cause Mr Lally’s fall.

He said: “Mr Lally suffered fatal head and neck injuries having gone head first down stairs under the influence of alcohol.

“There is insufficient evidence to determine if he was pushed or if he fell.”

A Lancashire police spokesman said: “A detailed scientific examination was carried out at the scene and a large number of witnesses were interviewed.

“Numerous lines of inquiry were also completed. However, no evidence was found to support the theory that there had been a criminal act culminating in the death of Mr Lally.”

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4:59pm Sat 31 Aug 13

HarryBosch says...

A sad death in tragic circumstances. I went to the funeral of a friend who died in similar circumstances not too long ago. You, inevitably, are always looking for answers and for someone to blame. Unfortunately, in most cases it is the deceased's choice of lifestyle that is the ultimate cause. If the police can find no evidence of foul play then, short of a confession by a guilty party, there is very little else that can be done. Mrs Hesketh has my heartfelt sympathies.
A sad death in tragic circumstances. I went to the funeral of a friend who died in similar circumstances not too long ago. You, inevitably, are always looking for answers and for someone to blame. Unfortunately, in most cases it is the deceased's choice of lifestyle that is the ultimate cause. If the police can find no evidence of foul play then, short of a confession by a guilty party, there is very little else that can be done. Mrs Hesketh has my heartfelt sympathies. HarryBosch

7:49pm Sat 31 Aug 13

BIG BOSS says...

I think there is a lot more to this.!!! His sister is doing the right thing in making a complaint, if she feels like she was ignored, by the police.!!!
I think there is a lot more to this.!!! His sister is doing the right thing in making a complaint, if she feels like she was ignored, by the police.!!! BIG BOSS

6:53am Sun 1 Sep 13

Are you trying to mug me off you mug? says...

BIG BOSS wrote:
I think there is a lot more to this.!!! His sister is doing the right thing in making a complaint, if she feels like she was ignored, by the police.!!!
Come on then Hurcle Poirot, tell us all what your theory is ? Let us know what more you think there is to this?
[quote][p][bold]BIG BOSS[/bold] wrote: I think there is a lot more to this.!!! His sister is doing the right thing in making a complaint, if she feels like she was ignored, by the police.!!![/p][/quote]Come on then Hurcle Poirot, tell us all what your theory is ? Let us know what more you think there is to this? Are you trying to mug me off you mug?

7:08am Sun 1 Sep 13

Are you trying to mug me off you mug? says...

Yes it is tragic that somebody has died, the majority of deaths are tragic under any circumstances and where appropriate somebody must always be held accountable based on evidence. But where no such evidence exists, as in this case, then what are the Police to do?

It's all well and good Mrs Hesketh slagging off the Police but what she isn't taking into account is her brothers lifestyle being probably the main contributory factor in his death. If he chose to live his life this way then it came with risk. It would appear that the Police did a thorough investigation and sometimes it is just the case that the evidence isn't there. Would Mrs Hesketh rather they just made something up so they could charge somebody?
Yes it is tragic that somebody has died, the majority of deaths are tragic under any circumstances and where appropriate somebody must always be held accountable based on evidence. But where no such evidence exists, as in this case, then what are the Police to do? It's all well and good Mrs Hesketh slagging off the Police but what she isn't taking into account is her brothers lifestyle being probably the main contributory factor in his death. If he chose to live his life this way then it came with risk. It would appear that the Police did a thorough investigation and sometimes it is just the case that the evidence isn't there. Would Mrs Hesketh rather they just made something up so they could charge somebody? Are you trying to mug me off you mug?

10:10am Sun 1 Sep 13

doggydog says...

Are you trying to mug me off you mug? wrote:
Yes it is tragic that somebody has died, the majority of deaths are tragic under any circumstances and where appropriate somebody must always be held accountable based on evidence. But where no such evidence exists, as in this case, then what are the Police to do?

It's all well and good Mrs Hesketh slagging off the Police but what she isn't taking into account is her brothers lifestyle being probably the main contributory factor in his death. If he chose to live his life this way then it came with risk. It would appear that the Police did a thorough investigation and sometimes it is just the case that the evidence isn't there. Would Mrs Hesketh rather they just made something up so they could charge somebody?
Spot on!
[quote][p][bold]Are you trying to mug me off you mug?[/bold] wrote: Yes it is tragic that somebody has died, the majority of deaths are tragic under any circumstances and where appropriate somebody must always be held accountable based on evidence. But where no such evidence exists, as in this case, then what are the Police to do? It's all well and good Mrs Hesketh slagging off the Police but what she isn't taking into account is her brothers lifestyle being probably the main contributory factor in his death. If he chose to live his life this way then it came with risk. It would appear that the Police did a thorough investigation and sometimes it is just the case that the evidence isn't there. Would Mrs Hesketh rather they just made something up so they could charge somebody?[/p][/quote]Spot on! doggydog

12:25pm Sun 1 Sep 13

Truth will out says...

A drinking den.
A drinking den. Truth will out

7:16pm Sun 1 Sep 13

2 for 5p says...

Hopefully no more tax payers money will be wasted on this nonsense.
Hopefully no more tax payers money will be wasted on this nonsense. 2 for 5p

5:01pm Mon 2 Sep 13

HelmshoreBoy says...

doggydog wrote:
Are you trying to mug me off you mug? wrote:
Yes it is tragic that somebody has died, the majority of deaths are tragic under any circumstances and where appropriate somebody must always be held accountable based on evidence. But where no such evidence exists, as in this case, then what are the Police to do?

It's all well and good Mrs Hesketh slagging off the Police but what she isn't taking into account is her brothers lifestyle being probably the main contributory factor in his death. If he chose to live his life this way then it came with risk. It would appear that the Police did a thorough investigation and sometimes it is just the case that the evidence isn't there. Would Mrs Hesketh rather they just made something up so they could charge somebody?
Spot on!
Its always someone else's fault, never their own!
[quote][p][bold]doggydog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Are you trying to mug me off you mug?[/bold] wrote: Yes it is tragic that somebody has died, the majority of deaths are tragic under any circumstances and where appropriate somebody must always be held accountable based on evidence. But where no such evidence exists, as in this case, then what are the Police to do? It's all well and good Mrs Hesketh slagging off the Police but what she isn't taking into account is her brothers lifestyle being probably the main contributory factor in his death. If he chose to live his life this way then it came with risk. It would appear that the Police did a thorough investigation and sometimes it is just the case that the evidence isn't there. Would Mrs Hesketh rather they just made something up so they could charge somebody?[/p][/quote]Spot on![/p][/quote]Its always someone else's fault, never their own! HelmshoreBoy

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