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Tests on a man who was found dead in Durham have found he died from a head injury.
28 year old Scott Hall died in hospital in the early hours of Monday (4th August), 11 days after he was the victim of an assault near to his home.
On Saturday evening, 2nd August members of his family found Mr. Hall unconscious at the foot of the stairs at the home in Caterhouse Road, Newton Hall he shared with his mother, Carol.
He was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham where in the early hours of yesterday morning he died without regaining consciousness.
A post mortem examination carried out by pathologist Dr Nigel Cooper confirmed Mr Hall had died as a result of a bleed on the brain caused by an injury to the head.
Detectives have arrested two local youths, both aged 15 and both male, on suspicion of assaulting Mr Hall on the night of Thursday 24th July near to the library in Newton Hall.
Last night the pair were released on police bail to mid-October, pending further enquiries.
Today the senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Steve Chapman said he was keeping an open mind on what may have happened to Scott and that it was important to understand his movements and how we was generally in the days leading up to his death.
"The enquiries into the assault represent part of a much wider and very thorough investigation into how Scott came by the head injury which ultimately caused his death.
Since the weekend we have been carrying out house to house enquiries across Newton Hall and the response we have had from local people has been excellent.
We now need to build up a picture of Scott's movements from when he was released from hospital after the assault to the time he was found at home on Saturday evening."
A routine forensic examination of the house was completed yesterday and the scene preservation cordon has now been removed.
Anyone with information should call 101 and ask for the Major Crime Team at Chester-le-Street police station.
Or they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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