Somerset

Tributes paid to 'wise and caring' Cheddar man

Jim Hewlett
Image caption Jim Hewlett died following an alleged assault outside a takeaway in Cheddar

Tributes have been paid to a 24-year-old Somerset man who died following an alleged assault on New Year's Day.

Jim Hewlett was described as a loving and fun son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.

His family said his love of life meant he lived his 24 years to the maximum but was also so wise and caring beyond his years.

Samuel Binning, 20, of Felsberg Way, Cheddar, appeared before Sedgemoor Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court on 7 January.

'Dreams and ambitions'

The family tribute continued: "Jim's life was so full of promise.

"We only wish that we could have had more time with him to watch him fulfil more of his dreams and ambitions."

Tim Richens, first team manager at Cheddar football club, said everyone knew Mr Hewlett well from the Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre.

"He was one those people who always had time for everybody.

"It's not about his sporting prowess, it's about his personality and that's a massive massive loss.

"We can be grateful we knew him... he added to everyone's lives," he added.

Mr Hewlett died following an alleged assault outside a takeaway in Cheddar on 1 January.

He was taken to Frenchay Hospital with serious head injuries but died later.

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