Inquest opens into the death of Henry Huggins

Henry Huggins
Henry Huggins

An inquest opened on Monday into the death of Luton dad Henry Huggins, who died after almost two years in a coma following an attack in Farley Hill.

Mr Huggins, 49, known to many as Chin, never recovered from the brutal assault in August 2013 – during which Luton man Stuart Docherty stamped on his head.

After a long fight against his “catastrophic” injuries, he died on June 10 from complications arising from being in a persistent vegatative state.

Monday’s inquest opening at Ampthill was attended by five of Mr Huggins’ siblings, including brothers Elmore, Raphel and Thomas, and sisters Mary and Angela, the latter of whom was his twin.

They were told by senior coroner Tom Osborne that their brother’s body would be released within 28 days if the defence teams requested a second autopsy, otherwise it may be released earlier.

One of the defence teams indicated they would not be seeking a further autopsy.

Mr Huggins’ neighbour James Early, 40, was convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm and jailed for two-and-a-half years. while Docherty, 40, was sentended to 12 years in prison.

Following Mr Huggins’ death, Docherty’s case has been referred back to the CPS and he could face prosecution for murder.

The inquest was adjourned with a prospective date of January 6.

Afterwards, Mr Huggins’ brother Raphel said: “They do what they have to do, as long as we get justice for Henry.”

Mr Huggins was subjected to violent threats and racial taunts by neighbour Early in the weeks leading to the attack.

On August 8 2013 Docherty visited Early’s flat and the pair set upon Mr Huggins after spotting him outside.

Early punched the father-of-two to the floor andMr Huggins hit his head on the concrete path. After Early left, Docherty stamped on Mr Huggins’ head, before stealing his watch and a ring.