Ipswich: Man in court over Smock pub assault manslaughter charge

IPSWICH: A 44-year-old man is today on bail after appearing in court charged with manslaughter.

Paul Dell, of Neath Drive in Ipswich, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

He was in the dock charged with causing the death of father-of-one Simon Cowles.

The 20-year-old died two days after an alleged assault at The Smock pub in Maidenhall Approach in the early hours of April 17.

Dell, who works as a tyre fitter at large plant factories across the region, did not enter a plea and was released on conditional bail subject to a curfew.

He was told not to go onto the Maidenhall estate or speak to anyone who was at the estate pub around the time of the incident, including the landlord and landlady.

Mr Cowles was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital with a serious head injury but then transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he later died.

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Dozens of tributes and bunches of flowers have been left outside the Maidenhall estate pub bearing messages for Mr Cowles and his family.

The case was adjourned until May 5 when it will go before a judge at Ipswich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.