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Disabled wife saw husband killed in Asda parking space row - and he had blue badge for her

Aug 8, 2013
Disabled wife saw husband killed in Asda parking space row - and he had blue badge for her

Christine Holmes watched helplessly as carer Brian was attacked in a ­Bedfordshire supermarket car park

Christine Holmes watched helplessly as carer Brian was attacked in a ­Bedfordshire supermarket car park

Brian suffered a serious head injury Brian suffered a serious head injury
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A grandfather who was killed during a row over a parking space had driven his disabled wife to the shops, it emerged yesterday.

Christine Holmes, 60, watched helplessly as carer Brian, 64, was attacked in a ­supermarket car park where they had parked up in a marked bay for the disabled.

A source close to the investigation said yesterday: “The victim was parked perfectly legally and was displaying the correct badge.

He was a carer for his wife, who was with him at the time. She has a disabled badge entitling them to use the disabled bays.”

Brian suffered a serious head injury after being punched and falling to the ground. He was rushed to hospital but medics were unable to save his life.

His death came just days after doctors told him he had won a battle against cancer. Police arrested a 65-year-old pensioner on suspicion of manslaughter but he has since been released on bail until August 19.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the attack to come forward and scouring CCTV footage from the car park.

Anyone who suffers from severe mobility problems is eligible to apply for a blue badge.

Holders can park almost anywhere including on most single and double yellow lines. Off-street car parks, such as supermarkets, can have different rules but usually follow the same guidelines.

The badges are only valid if the holder is either a driver, passenger or being collected.

Brian was injured on Saturday as he went shopping with Christine at the Asda supermarket in Biggleswade, Beds. Paramedics transferred him to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and his family were at his bedside when he died from his injuries the following day.

Christine, who was married to Brian for nine years, has been left “devastated” by his death. The couple lived in a £250,000 semi-detached home in a cul-de-sac in Sandy.

A tribute released by the Holmes family read: “The family are devastated by the loss of Brian in such shocking circumstances.

“A wife has lost her husband, best friend and carer all in one go.

“Brian was a family man who adored his grandchildren and family, and had only this week been given the all-clear following treatment for cancer.

“They were only just making plans for the future.”

The suspect in the killing left the scene but was arrested at his home.

A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said: “We are still appealing for witnesses who can help us establish the facts of this case.

“We urge anyone with information to come forward as quickly as possible.”




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