Thaxted man dies after altercation outside Dunmow pub

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 24 April 2017

Kieren O’Rourke, of Thaxted has died following an altercation outside the Boars Head pub in Dunmow. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Kieren O’Rourke, of Thaxted has died following an altercation outside the Boars Head pub in Dunmow. Picture: ESSEX POLICE


A Thaxted father has died following an assault outside a Dunmow pub which left him with a serious head injury.

Kieren O’Rourke, 42, of Barnards Field, was assaulted outside the Boars Head pub in High Street on April 8 at around 11.45pm, and sustained a head injury after falling to the ground.

He was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, and later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he died on Tuesday, April 18.

A 30-year-old man from Stansted was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released under investigation. Enquiries are ongoing.

A post mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as a head injury.

In a statement, Mr O’Rourke’s family said: “We as a family are devastated by the tragic loss our Kieren, a loving father, son and brother.

“We please ask for privacy at this incredibly sad time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore said: “This is a tragic loss of life and I am determined to establish exactly how Kieren received this injury.

“I am in no doubt that there are witnesses who saw Kieren involved in an altercation with another man outside The Boars Head about 11.45pm on April 8.

“I appeal for those witnesses or anyone with information about the incident, including those who have CCTV, mobile phone or dash cam footage to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact the Harlow major investigation team on 101 or email

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