Widow speaks out following inquest of David Ryding who died in Rugby town centre

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The widow of David Ryding who died earlier this year following a fight in Rugby town centre hopes that the man who punched him can move on with his life. The inquest into the death of David Ryding concluded yesterday (Tuesday) determining that David’s death was lawful (self-defence).

Mr Ryding, 26, from Moreton in Wirral, Merseyside died following an incident near the Clock Tower in Market Place, Rugby, at approximately 5am on Sunday July 7.

A fight broke out and 22 year old Ben Hartwell from Rugby punched Mr Ryding who fell to the floor and hit his head. He died a day later in hospital.

Mr Hartwell was arrested, but he was later released with no further action to be taken against him, following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, that he had only acted in self defence.

Detective Inspector Ally Wright who led the investigation has expressed his thanks to the witnesses who attended court and provided evidence.

He said: “Their information assisted the family of David Ryding to better understand the tragic events that led up to his death.“

“On a personal level I also want to thank Nicola Ryding and her family. They remained dignified throughout and have never sought to seek blame or retribution on any individual.

“Nicola has demonstrated incredible courage in requesting a meeting with the male who punched David. She told him that she attributes no blame to him and that all she wished for was for his life to move forward. As she put it there is no need for another life to be ruined as a result of the terrible incident.“

Nicola said: “We are satisfied that the inquest was conducted thoroughly and we respect the verdict made.

“Our family and Mr Hartwell’s family have been deeply affected by the events which took place and just hope that if any good can come from this tragedy, it is that awareness will be raised regarding the tragic results an instantaneous event such as this can lead to.

“Our thoughts are with Mr Hartwell and all his family and we hope he can come to terms with what happened and move on with his life.

“David will be in our hearts for ever and live on in the wonderful memories we shared.”