Funeral set for local lad

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THE FUNERAL of a former soldier who was murdered in South Elmsall will take place on Monday.

Ian Mark Smith, 22, of Boycott Way, South Elmsall, was assaulted shortly before 2am on Saturday, February 19, on Barnsley Road.

He was taken to Pontefract General Infirmary but died later that morning due to head injuries.

His family - including parents Ian Smith Snr and Vicki Lownes - will set off from their home on Boycott Way at 10am and walk past Minsthorpe Community College, where Mr Smith used to be a student.

They will then walk to St Mary’s Church, Barnsley Road, for the service, which starts at 10.15am.

Mr Smith Snr said: “We are doing this to make sure he gets through South Elmsall safely this time.

“We are going to be with him to make sure that happens. We don’t want people to forget him.”

An inquest into Mr Smith’s death was opened at Leeds Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, March 8.

The court heard that a postmortem examination was carried out by Dr Alexander Kolar, a consultant forensic pathologist, and granted permission for a second postmortem to be carried out on behalf of defence solicitors for the five men accused of killing Mr Smith.

The inquest was adjourned for further inquiries.

John Dean Richardson, 43, of Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, John Simon Richardson, 22, of South Elmsall, Bradley Jake Parkin, 21, and Neil Brown, 28, both of Mallard Mews, South Elmsall, and Liam Ackroyd, 21, of Bell Lane, Ackworth, have been remanded into custody and will stand trial for murder at Leeds Crown Court on September 22.