Two friends jailed over Uppermill "Mad Friday" death

Two men have been jailed for killing a man who was out celebrating Christmas with work colleagues.

Daniel Hogan, aged 32, was with friends in Uppermill on the evening of "Mad Friday", the 21 December 2018.

At around 11.10pm he became separated from the group and started to make his way home.

Daniel, who was seen to be drunk and unsteady on his feet, approached two men - Daniel Forster and Michael Nield – to enquire about buying drugs.

An argument developed, during which both Nield and Forster punched Daniel. Nield punched Daniel with a severe blow which broke his nose, causing Daniel to fall backwards and hit his head on cobbles.

Nield and Forster then ran off while two bystanders attempted to give Daniel first aid.

An ambulance was called and Daniel was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

Michael Nield aged 25 of Owen Fold, Lees, Oldham was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to manslaughter while Daniel Forster aged 24 of Ashfield Crescent, Springhead, Oldham was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Senior Investigating Officer, Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incidents Team, said: “Daniel’s night began in high spirits, celebrating Christmas with colleagues in Oldham before travelling to Uppermill to end the evening.

“His aggressors would have been able to clearly see that Daniel had taken on drink and was unsteady on his feet.

“This was an unprovoked, unnecessary assault. Nield and Forster could just have walked away. Instead they jointly assaulted him, their anger and aggression ultimately cost Daniel his life.

“Despite the valiant efforts of two good Samaritans and the medical team, Daniel died – leaving his family with a gaping hole in their lives shortly before Christmas last year.

“Our thoughts remain with them as they continue to come to terms with their loss.

“We are pleased that Daniel’s killers have been brought to justice. They now have a long time to reflect upon the hurt they have caused.”

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