Two men have been jailed after a man was attacked with a wrench and subsequently died. 40-year-old Lee Welch of Moss Mill Street in Rochdale pleaded guilty to section 18 assault at a hearing. Jason Dance of Kenyon Lane in Middleton pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing.
On the 4th of November the pair were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, in Crown Square. Welch was sentenced to seven years and three months whilst Dance was sentenced to one year and three months of imprisonment.
On the 10th of April 2015 Welch got involved in an altercation with 40-year-old Anthony Griffin at a house in Rochdale, which resulted in Welsh hitting Anthony over the head on a number of occasions, with a wrench. Later that day Anthony was taken to hospital where he was treated for his head injury and was released from hospital on the 1st of May.
On Monday the 4th of May the victim was found collapsed on the landing at a house in Cheapside in Middleton, he was pronounced dead a short time later. A post-mortem established that Anthony had died from a pulmonary embolism that was not linked to the assault. During the investigation police discovered that Dance had disposed of the wrench in Rochdale canal, before it was recovered.
Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said, “Here we see another case of senseless violence. Welch and Dance thought they had gotten away with the attack, even trying to dispose of the wrench, but justice caught up with them”.