A DATE has been set for an inquest into the death of a father of three who died in a “brutal” assault.

Former soldier, Michael Peers, died aged 37 on July 22, 2018, after an assault during a “disturbance” inside a block of flats in Brownlow Way, Bolton.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of his murder, but no charges were brought.

Originally from Liverpool, Mr Peers moved to Bolton for work eventually settling in the town. After leaving the army he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

An inquest into his death is now due to take place from December 4 to 6 following a pre-inquest review.

Last year, his mother, Tracy Todd, told the Bolton News of her heartache following the tragedy, describing her life as a “living nightmare”.

She has since spent recent months desperately trying to raise enough money to fund legal representation for the inquest into Michael’s death, as she makers her third bid for justice for her son.

At the time she said: She said: “It has just been horrendous a nightmare. Not just for me, but for his three children.”

Ms Todd is hoping to raise £3,000 which will go towards legal and transport costs, and has set up a GoFundMe page to support the appeal.

On the page she says: “Michael was a huge, lovely character and was loved by everyone who met him.

“He lit up any room when he walked in, but that light can never shine again.

“After one year we are still living in a nightmare and unable to grieve. With the constant hurdles placed in front of us I am now turning to the community for help.

“I and my broken family are struggling. We cannot meet these legal costs. Any donations towards our fight for justice for Michael would be greatly appreciated.”

Earlier this year the inquest into Mr Peers’ death was delayed by Assistant Coroner for Greater Manchester West, Rachel Syed, to ensure that interested persons such as Mr Peers’ family would be able to see certain documents before the inquest took place.

Another pre-inquest review was held at Bolton Coroner’s Court on Friday with Ms Syed seeking to make certain that matters are in order for a full inquest. At the hearing it was decided that the inquest will not involve a jury.

To donate to the appeal go to gofundme.com/f/justice-for-my-son-micheal-who-was-murdered.