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Preston teenager charged in connection with death of Fulwood pensioner

Posted on - 14th September, 2021 - 9:23am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fulwood, Lancashire Police, Lea, Preston News
Frank Fishwick pictured with one of his grandchildren
Frank Fishwick pictured with one of his grandchildren

A teenager has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of an elderly man in Preston.

Police were called at around 3pm on Friday 10 September to The Paddock, Fulwood to reports of an assault.

Officers attended and found the victim, Frank Fishwick, 86 with facial injuries.

He then went to hospital but died on Saturday morning.

Read more: Family pay tribute to ‘adored’ father and grandfather who died following assault in Fulwood

The post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be bleeding as a result of fractures to the nose, consistent with being assaulted.

After consulting with the Crown Prosecution Service the male, Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, of Sheffield Drive, Lea, has now been charged with manslaughter and he is due to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 14 September).

Before the assault Mr Fishwick had gone outside to speak to a group of youths who were congregating in a stairway near his home.

During the interaction Mr Fishwick was punched to the face by one of the group who all then ran off.

Read more: 78-year-old evades police for 35 miles while driving wrong way on M6 past Preston

An investigation was launched and on Sunday a 19-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Det Ch Insp Mark Haworth-Oates, of the Force Major Investigation Team said: “First and foremost our thoughts remain with Mr Fishwick’s family, who continue to be looked after by specialist officers. 

“Our enquiries are very much ongoing and we have now charged a man in relation to this incident. However, we are continuing to ask witnesses to come forward. If you saw the incident or have any information about who was involved and what happened, please let us know. Similarly, if you have any dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage showing what happened, please tell us.”

Anybody with information is asked to get in touch with the police on 101, quoting log 879 of September 10th.

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