Good Samaritan’s nightmare ordeal

Incident scene - Stilletto's
Incident scene - Stilletto's

A GOOD Samaritan dad has spoken of his anger after being wrongly accused of attempted murder.

The 38-year-old father-of-three administered first aid to stricken Charlie Middleton, after finding him collapsed outside a Wigan lap dancing club.

But the next day, he was “stunned” when officers turned up at his Winstanley home, and arrested him in front of his girlfriend and children.

After 20 hours in a cell, and several weeks on bail pending further inquiries, he, and two other men detained under suspicion of the same crime, have been released without charge. Police now say they don’t believe any offence took place. The trio’s ordeal began on the night of Sunday, November 28, at the Stilletto’s club in King Street West, when several men were removed from the club, following an incident inside.

As they left, 36-year-old Mr Middleton was somehow left critically injured near to an external flight of concrete steps, at the side of the premises.

He had been out on the town with pals, celebrating becoming a dad, when the incident took place, and it is understood that he has no recollection of how he came to be wounded. It was one of his friends who later reported it as an attack, even though it had originally been reported by the friends in a 999 ambulance call as a fall.

The first the Winstanley dad, who works as an auditor for door security firm MYL, knew of what had happened, was when a doorman called him outside.

He said: “I could see the poor guy was in a bad way, and so I checked his airways, put him in the recovery position, and give him first aid.

“The ambulance person on the 999 call was giving me instructions, and of course I got blood on my clothing from trying to help him.”