Inquest opens into death of Lewis Siddall

Lewis Siddall
Lewis Siddall

Further medical tests are being carried out to establish how a Doncaster teacher died after being assaulted in a bar, an inquest heard.

The body of Lewis Siddall could not be released to his family at the opening of the inquest yesterday pending the outcome of additional tests being carried out by forensic pathologists and the ongoing police investigation.

Doncaster Coroner’s Court heard the body of Mr Siddall was identified at the home he shared with his parents in Skellow by his brother, Blake Siddall, at around 6.10am on August 14.

The court heard Blake had received a call from his parents earlier that morning and he subsequently provided identification details for his brother, who was lying on the floor of his bedroom.

PC Richard Lumbley, who provided evidence to the inquest, said in a statement that he went to the home after receiving an urgent assistance call at 5.20am from the paramedics who had responded to reports of a 24-year-old in cardiac arrest.

Last month, a murder investigation was launched after Mr Siddall was found dead at his home on August 14. He had allegedly been assaulted at the VDKA bar in Silver Street at around 11pm the night before.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Coroner Fred Curtis adjourned the inquest until February next year.

He said: “I have heard evidence that there is an ongoing police investigation and that pathologists are carrying out investigative procedures and I await the outcome of both of these.

“At this stage I do not release Lewis’ body but it will be released, I hope, very shortly.”

The family of Mr Siddall did not attend the inquest.

Meanwhile, staff and pupils at Copley Junior School, where Mr Siddall taught, held a special assembly at the start of the new term.

Headteacher Elizabeth Crayton said: “We remembered all the PE and sports activities that Mr Siddall brought to Copley Junior and reflected on his personal qualities.

“Mr Siddall was always cheerful, enthusiastic, caring, helpful and gave his best effort to everything and we encouraged all our children to follow his example.

“Our assembly closed very positively, with children being presented with their certificates and badges.”

Staff at the Sprotbrough school are planning a permanent memorial to Mr Siddall.