Hollie Ashurst: Bid to change date of baby murder trial

A judge will this week hear an appeal to change the date of a Wigan man’s trial at which he will answer accusations that he killed his baby daughter.

Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 12:45 pm
Hollie Ashurst
Hollie Ashurst

Daniel Ashurst has already appeared at Manchester Crown Court to enter not guilty pleas both to a charge of murdering 14-month-old Hollie and an alternative lesser one of being responsible for her manslaughter.

The most recent pre-trial review hearing was a brief affair at which it was decided that Ashurst would be back in the dock this Friday for discussions as to whether the date of the trial - currently scheduled for October 2 - be altered.

Ashurst, 32, is alleged to have launched a fatal attack on his little girl while minding her at their home in Fleming Court, Shevington, on February 28 this year.

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He was arrested by police, who had been called by medical staff saying a baby girl was being taken to hospital with head injuries.

A post-mortem examination by a Home Office pathologist later concluded that she had died from head injuries.

At the time of her death, Hollie’s mum Leanne said: “She was such a bright, smiley, happy little girl and was everyone’s ray of sunshine. Hollie brightened everyone’s day and was an inspiration and never unhappy.”

Another family member added: “She was always smiling. She has been through operations, but she never let anything bother her.

“Hollie was the happiest baby. She struggled through her operations, and she was such a brave girl. She had just started to crawl and was such a clever girl and she never got upset.”