Man charged with Chester city centre manslaughter

Published date: 24 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a 63-year-old man outside the Liverpool Arms Bar in Chester city centre in November.

Ronald Hayes, of Morpeth, Northumberland, died after an incident in Northgate Street, Chester, at about 12.50am on Saturday, November 23.

Mr Hayes, who had been in the nightspot, known as The LA, was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a critical condition before being placed on a ventilator. The ventilator was switched off at 1pm on November 25.

Yesterday, Kevin Gardner, 26, of Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port, was charged with the manslaughter of Ronald Hayes. He has been bailed to appear at West Cheshire Magistrates Court on January 7.

A second Ellesmere Port man, also aged 26, has been released from police bail without charge.

A statement released by Mr Hayes’s family at the time of his death said: “Those closest to Ronald described him as a doting partner, father and grandfather whose spirit and energy was infectious.

“He had a drive for life that outweighed his years. We are all deeply saddened.”

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