Killing accused faces relatives

The final image of Francis Farrell as he crosses Dorning Street at its junction with Frog Lane
The final image of Francis Farrell as he crosses Dorning Street at its junction with Frog Lane

MORE than a dozen members of Francis Farrell’s family were in court yesterday to face a man charged with killing him.

David Horner, 23, of Scholes, Scholes, stands accused of the Beech Hill 56-year-old’s manslaughter following an incident on Frog Lane in the early hours of June 17.

Mr Farrell was found with a head injury at around 4.10am - just minutes after he had been captured on CCTV walking along the same road.

He lost his battle for life three days later in Wigan Infirmary on Wednesday, June 20.

A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of Mr Farrell’s death was a head injury.

Horner, dressed in a grey hooded top, appeared for the first time before Wigan magistrates accused of unlawful killing.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth before his case was committed from Wigan Magistrates’ Court to Liverpool Crown Court. No application was made for bail.

Horner will appear before a judge for a preliminary hearing on the morning of August 2.

A 22-year-old man, who was also arrested by detectives investigating Mr Farrell’s death earlier this week, has now been released without charge.

Soon after the initial incident, a man of 35 was also arrested on suspicion of Mr Farrell’s assault but he too was later eliminated from inquiries.