Mur­der charge men may face sum­mer trial

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

TWO men ac­cused of mur­der fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent out­side a pub could go on trial in the sum­mer.

Daniel Forster and Michael Nield, both 24, ap­peared be­fore a judge at Pre­ston Crown Court on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 27.

They were charged with mur­der fol­low­ing the death of Rochdale man Daniel Ho­gan in Up­per­mill in Sad­dle­worth on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21. No pleas were en­tered but ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters were dealt with.

The case will be heard next at Manch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day, Jan­uary 25, for an­other pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

A trial date at the same court was set for Mon­day, June 10. Both men were re­manded in cus­tody.

Mr Forster, of Ash­field Cres­cent, Spring­head, Old­ham, and Mr Nield, of So­ci­ety Street, Shaw, Old­ham, made their first court ap­pear­ance at Manch­ester Mag­is­trates’ Court on Christ­mas Eve.

They were charged after po­lice were called to an in­ci­dent out­side a vil­lage pub on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21.

Mr Ho­gan - de­scribed by his fam­ily as the ‘BFG’ [big friendly giant] re­port­edly col­lapsed with head in­juries at around 11.30pm, po­lice said.

He was given first aid be­fore be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal, but later died.

Pay­ing trib­ute after his death, Daniel’s aunt, Carol Strand, said: “Daniel was one of the most thought­ful and lov­able peo­ple you could ever meet.

“He was known lo­cally by many as the ‘BFG’ and would do any­thing for his friends and fam­ily.”

She told how Daniel’s death is the sec­ond tragedy to hit the fam­ily, after his step-fa­ther re­cently passed away.

Carol Strand

●●Daniel Ho­gan

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