A MURDER probe may be launched after a man died almost eight weeks on from being chased and attacked on a Sheffield street.
Anthony Sharman, aged 49, went to hospital following the assault and initially seemed well enough to be sent home.
He told police he had pulled over on Hollinsend Road, Intake, to make a call on his mobile phone when two men approached him, chased him from his car and beat him up.
A month passed, during which time Mr Sharman’s health deteriorated at home. He went back to hospital and died after a three-week stay.
Today South Yorkshire Police told The Star the case could become a murder inquiry.
A post mortem examination has been carried out, but detectives are awaiting the results of forensic tests before the exact cause of death can be confirmed.
“If the pathologist attributes the injuries and cause of death to the assault, this would become a murder investigation,” said Temporary Detective Inspector Steve Ashmore.
“Witnesses to the severity of the assault are essential.”
Mr Sharman was a father, and a self-employed property maintenance handyman, and lived with his seriously ill mum.
He was interviewed by police in the days after the attack and gave them an account of the crime.
DI Ashmore said: “He parked up and was approached by two males.
“There was some sort of altercation outside the car, he ran off, he was chased and assaulted again.
“We know he got out of his car, whether willingly or not, and tried to run away but was chased, caught and assaulted further.
“So far we have no witnesses to either assault.”
DI Ashmore added: “Mr Sharman went to hospital and was discharged within a day, but his health deteriorated and he got admitted to hospital a month later, where he remained for three weeks before he died.
“He gave us an account of what happened, so we have something to build our investigation on, but witnesses are crucial.
“There are four block of flats in that area, so there are people who may live there or have been visiting who may have seen something and we need them to come forward.”
Two men, aged 26 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail pending further inquiries.
The assault took place on Wednesday, September 5, and Mr Sharman died on Monday, October 29. Police have only just released the details.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting 1,349 of September 5.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.