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Tribute to Francis Farrell - Wigan
Thursday 12th July, 2012

The family of Francis Farrell, who died from a head injury after being found unconscious in Wigan, have paid tribute to him.

Francis Farrell, aged 56, was found with a head injury at around 4.10am on Sunday 17 June 2012, on Frog Lane, Wigan.

Francis was taken to hospital for treatment, where he died on Wednesday 20 June 2012.

A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of Francis' death was a head injury.

In a statement, Francis' family said: "Our Francis, or better known as a France to his friends, will be sadly missed by all his friends and family. Words cannot describe how this brutal killing has affected all of us around him.

"We don't understand why this senseless tragedy happened to him.

"As a youngster, he grew up in Scholes and later the family moved to Beech Hill.

"Francis was the kind of person, who when he made friends, they were to be his lifelong friends.

"As a young lad he loved participating in team sports. As he grew older, he liked a pint and enjoyed a good night out, like the majority of us do. Sadly, this is when his life came to a shocking end.

"Once again, as a family, we would like to give a sincere thank you to all hospital staff for all the care and treatment our Francis received and all the hard work from the Major Incident Team.

"Another huge thank you for the hundreds of cards and thoughts of condolences received. RIP Francis."

David Horner (born 2/2/89) of Scholes, Wigan, has been charged with manslaughter. He appeared before Wigan Magistrates' Court today, Thursday 12 July 2012.

He has been remanded in custody and is due before Liverpool Crown Court on 2 August 2012.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information.

DCI Joanne Rawlinson said: "I still want to hear from members of the public and those who have information that will be vital to this investigation.

"I would like to reassure anyone who can help us but still has concerns that they can speak to me in the strictest of confidence."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident team on 0161 856 5448 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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