The daughter of a man in a critical condition, after being punched in Manchester City Centre has issued an emotional appeal.
Shortly before 2am on Saturday 10 February 2018. Police responded to reports of fighting outside the Printworks. Near Dantzic Street and Thornily Brow.
Officers attended and found a 58-year-old man called Gary with a serious head injury. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A second man, aged in his 20s, was also taken to hospital. To be treated for bruising and cuts.
Further enquiries have established that a large fight involving around 15 people had been taking place. Gary and his group of friends attempted to intervene and break it up.
At this point Gary was punched in the face and knocked unconscious. It is believed that he banged his head on the ground. Despite emergency surgery, he has not woken up since.
A 25-year-old man was arrested near to the scene on suspicion of affray. A 32-year-old woman has since been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have both been released under investigation.
Gary and his friends had travelled to Manchester from Somerset. For his future son-in-laws stag do. His daughter, Amie, who is due to get married in four weeks, has been left devastated by the assault.
She said: “This doesn’t feel real. My dad is the funniest and hardest working man you could ever meet. We are struggling to come to terms with what happened as things like this just don’t happen.
“I haven’t even been able to think about our wedding. I just hope he will still be there to walk me down the aisle.
“Our priority is him getting better but I would ask anybody with information about what happened to please contact police.
“Put yourselves in our position. Imagine what you would want if this happened to your loved one.