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‘Hoping for justice’

INQUEST: Julian Webster's mother and father and brothers

THE MOTHER of a black man who went back to a popular Manchester club to get his mobile phone and later ended up dead, has said she hopes to get answers at an upcoming inquest.


Sonia Webster told The Voice she is hoping for “justice”, as a coroner at Manchester Crown Court hears from witnesses and examines evidence relating to the death of Julian Webster on November 16.

“We’re hoping that something positive will come out of the hearing, and that both the family and Julian will get the justice we’ve been seeking for the past two and-a-half years,” Webster said. “They will be looking into what happened… They could determine whether it is manslaughter or negligence.”

Julian, from Birmingham, died on April 11, 2009 after a night out with friends. He left the Pitcher and Piano bar and club in Deansgate, Man-chester, in the early hours of the morning but returned to get a mobile phone he thought he had left behind.


Police officers were reportedly called to the bar about his return around 4.20am, and when they arrived, they found two bouncers holding Julian between them outside the club.

The police reportedly ordered the bouncers to let Julian go, and when they did he slumped to the ground. He could not be revived and was later pronounced dead in hospital, at 5.11am on April 11.

The two white bouncers were arrested but later released after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was not enough evidence for a trial. The CPS said while Julian “was restrained by door staff, there was no evidence to suggest that their actions were unlawful.”

His family and 100 friends, local supporters and family members later protested the decision outside the CPS’ Manchester office.

Webster, whose family has been fighting for answers since Julian’s death, said they are going to be joined by placard bearing ‘Justice for Julian’ supporters, who will travel by coach from Birmingham to the Crown Court.
“All supporters are welcome,” Webster said.

She described the anguish she feels over her son’s death.

“…I keep expecting him to come home but I have to remind myself that he’s not here. The constant question of how he died goes through my head,” she said. “The fact that he died with none of his family around him, and took his last breath without any of us there absolutely crucifies me… Julian was my middle son and now there’s a gap that can’t be filled.”

Family, close friends and supporters such as race campaigner Maxie Hayles and Reverend Bryan Scott, from Cannon Street Memorial Baptist church in Handsworth, will be staying in Manchester for the duration of the inquest.

“People know that justice needs to be done, because they know that the way Julian died someone needs to be held accountable,” she told The Voice. “Someone is responsible for my son's death and I want justice for him. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”

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