South Tyneside man dies after eight months in coma following brutal attack

Calvin Mclellan
Calvin Mclellan

A South Tyneside man who was the victim of a nasty attack at a taxi rank has lost his fight for life.

Calvin Mclellan, of South Shields, remained in a coma following the attack near a taxi rank in Mile End Road, South Shields, in August last year.

Mile End Road, South Shields, where Calvin Mclellan was attacked.

Mile End Road, South Shields, where Calvin Mclellan was attacked.

Sadly, the 30-year-old died a few days ago, leaving two daughters, Scarlett, 10, and Masie-Sue, five.

In February Connor Jary, 18, of Moreland Road, South Shields, was jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court, two years for the one-punch attack on Mr Mclellan and an additional 12 months for a previous, separate incident. He pleaded guilty to two counts of GBH.

The court heard that Jary had been drinking all day in the run-up to the assault on Mr Mclellan, which happened at around 4am on August 7.

He was outside Abra Pizza when Mr Mclellan walked past with a friend.

The court heard there was an exchange of words before Mr Mclellan and his friend walked away. However, Jary and a friend followed the pair down the road and ended up punching Mr Mclellan square in the face, which resulted in his falling and hitting his head.

Although Mr Mclellan underwent brain surgery, he remained in a coma and doctors warned his family that if he ever recovered he would have to learn to walk again.

Mr Mclellan's family were today too upset to talk about his death.

Previously, his sister Mandy Douglas, said the incident has rocked the whole family and Scarlett and Masie-Sue desperately wanted their daddy back.

She said: "Before this horrific attack, Calvin was such a lovely, happy young man.

“He lived every day just to see his children and everyone else around him happy."