Autopsy identifies link between football fan’s death and attack in Southend six years ago

Detectives investigating the death of Simon Dobbin, who was seriously injured in an assault in Southend in 2015, have received the results of a post mortem which took place last year which show there is a causal link between the attack and his death.

Cambridge United fan Simon was left with permanent brain damage after being assaulted in East Street following a match between Cambridge and Southend United on March 21, 2015.

In 2017 13 people were convicted and sentenced in connection with the incident.

Sadly, in October last year, at the age of 48, Simon died.

A forensic post-mortem carried out has identified a link between the assault and Simon’s death.

Acting Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We have received the final report following the post-mortem examination and it shows pathologically there was a causal link between the assault Simon was subjected to, and his death.

“We will now carry out an investigation to see if we can directly and evidentially show who was responsible for his death.

“I know Simon’s story has touched the lives of many people and we are supporting his family.

“My thoughts are with his friends and loved ones.”

Mick Ferris

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