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An inquest has been opened into the death of 57-year-old Nick Medlin, who was killed outside a pub in Ventnor during the early hours of Christmas Day.

The opening, which was held in Newport this afternoon (Tuesday), heard how the prison officer had been involved in an alleged altercation inside The Rose Inn pub on Pier Street at shortly before midnight on 24th December 2016.

At around 23:50 on the same evening – just before the bells rang in Christmas Day – it is said that Mr Medlin suffered a ‘single-punch’ blow outside the same pub, falling and hitting his head on the concrete pavement. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 00:10.

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A post mortem carried out on Mr Medlin’s body has revealed he died as a result of a head injury. A second post mortem is due to be carried out shortly.

32-year-old Michael John Hudson has been charged with manslaughter and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 23rd January. 2 others remain on Police bail as investigations continue.

Caroline Sumeray, senior coroner for the Isle of Wight has adjourned the inquest until 11th July 2017 but has also suspended the inquest, pending criminal proceedings.

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