The trial of two men accused of killing 34-year old Daniel Hogan while he was out with friends just days before Christmas has started with the court hearing Mr Hogan died as a result of a single punch.
Manchester Crown Court was told the 34-year old had been out celebrating the end of work prior to Christmas with his workmates on 21st December in Oldham when he decided to go to Saddleworth.
Once Mr Hogan arrived in Uppermill, the jury was told, he was ‘making something of a nuisance of himself’ going up to people and asking if they could supply him with cocaine.
It was at this time when he is said to have approached the two defendants, 24-year old Daniel Forster and 24-year old Michael Milligan Nield.
The three got into an argument on High Street in Uppermill.
The court heard that the argument then developed into an assault with witnesses, who came out of the Commercial Pub saying they saw the confrontation between the three outside Uppermill Methodist Church.
It’s then alleged that a punch from the two defendants caused Mr Hogan to stumble backwards and fall to the ground.
24-year old Daniel Forster, from Ashfield Crescent in Springhead, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he hit Mr Hogan over the back of the head.
24-year old Michael Milligan Nield, of Society Street in Shaw, denies murder.
The trial continues.
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