Tributes paid to knife murder victim

Police attend the scene at Diamond Street, Leigh, where 62-year-old Steve Butterworth was stabbed four times (below)

Police attend the scene at Diamond Street, Leigh, where 62-year-old Steve Butterworth was stabbed four times (below)

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A MAN who was murdered during a robbery at his home was a widower grieving over the recent death of his beloved wife, his family have revealed.

Steven Butterworth, 62, was attacked in his home last month and had been receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of Manchester Royal Hospital until he died on Friday evening.

A Home Office pathologist has carried out a post mortem to establish the cause of death.

In a statement, Mr Butterworth’s family said: “Steve was a 62-year-old gentle and caring dad, granddad, brother and uncle. He was a dedicated family man who was dearly loved by all.

“He was also a keen fisherman and friendly neighbour. Sadly Steve recently became a widower when his wife of 36 years died unexpectedly and whilst grieving and struggling to come to terms with his loss, Steve was targeted and brutally attacked and robbed in his own home in Diamond Street, Leigh.”

The attack happened at about 5.30pm on August 25 at a house on Diamond Street. A man forced his way into the house and stabbed Mr Butterworth four times and stole his wallet.

David Dempsey, 42, of Kermishaw Nook, Tyldesley was charged earlier this month with attempted murder, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but was later released without charge.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the relatives and friends of Mr Butterworth who are clearly devastated by his death. This in now a murder investigation. Although someone has been charged with offences in relation to this matter we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have any information.”