A father died following a ‘pointless confrontation’ in the street with a man known as ‘Russian Alex’, a coroner has ruled.
Nigel Evans, aged 24, of Commercial Street, Measborough Dike, Barnsley, died on July 20, 2014, two days after an altercation with Magomeds Hizrijevs.
Sheffield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Hizrijevs punched Mr Evans twice in self defence after the father-of-two threw a drunken punch at him.
Mr Evans, a production operative, died in hospital two days after the incident in an alleyway on Sunderland Terrace, Measborough Dike, on July 18, 2014.
The court heard a ‘trivial’ argument broke out between Latvian-born Mr Hizrijevs – known locally as ‘Russian Alex’ – and Mr Evans.
The two men went into a nearby park where a crowd were ‘egging’ Mr Evans on to have a fight.
The pair then went into a nearby alleyway where Mr Evans continue to challenge Mr Hizrijevs, who had made it clear he did not want to have a fight.
Mr Evans threw a punch, which did not connect with Mr Hizrijevs, who retaliated by punching Mr Evans twice. He fell backwards and struck his head on the concrete floor and was knocked unconscious.
Eyewitness Daniel Stott, of Junction Street, said Mr Evans was being encouraged to fight by his brother, Martin Wilson, who had been told to get him away.
He said: “‘The Russian’ was scared. He retaliated because all of us were there, he thought we would jump in.”
Assistant coroner Julian Fox returned a narrative verdict.
He said: “Nigel died because of his involvement in an ultimately pointless confrontation in which he was egged on by others.”