Mum's bid for 'justice' over son's death
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:40 07 July 2015
A WOMAN whose son died of a head injury when he was removed from a Weston nightclub is campaigning to get his case reopened after a health scare left her fearing she may never get ‘justice’ for him.
Joseph Williams died in August 2012 after being injured outside VII bar in Princes Royal Square, which has since changed hands.
One of the club’s bouncers was arrested by police hours after the incident but no charges were ever brought against him.
A two-day inquest into Joseph’s death was held in July 2013 and saw several witnesses recount seeing security ‘throwing’ him out of the club, although others said no ‘overt force’ was used.
At the time coroner Peter Harrowing concluded the 23-year-old’s death was the result of a ‘fall’, ruling it was neither an ‘unlawful killing’ nor an ‘accidental death’.
But Joseph’s mum, Linda Williams, wants the case reinvestigated.
She is now regularly attending Frenchay hospital – the same hospital where she watched her ‘loving’ son die – for physiotherapy in the wake of a brain aneurism.
She said: “I was very lucky to survive and have no brain damage, except I can’t move my left side.
“I learned to walk again at Frenchay’s brain injury unit. It was so difficult going back after Joe died there.”
Despite being on the road to recovery Linda could not stop thinking about getting ‘justice’ for her son.
She said: “The doctors didn’t think I would live and that’s why it’s so important, for Joe, to have justice.
“He was such a wonderful, loving son.”
Linda has launched an online petition, which has already received more than 300 signatures.
She said: “I don’t think the police did enough at the time. We can’t just sweep this away, someone has to do something.
“I would like to see it reopened and investigated again.”