Hero father-of-the-bride fighting for his life after he's attacked while trying to break up mass brawl on stag do
The father of a bride-to-be was brutally attacked during his future son-in-law’s stag do after he tried to break up a mass brawl outside a entertainment centre.
His loved ones – who haven’t released his full name through fear of repercussions – have released a desperate plea for help to find the men who left him fighting for his life.
Gary was left in a critical condition after the attack in Manchester city centre on Saturday night and now his daughter fears he might not be able to walk her down the aisle.
The Somerset man was in Manchester with his daughter’s fiancé and his friends for his stag do on Saturday.
In the early hours, he tried to break up a fight outside the Printworks venue in the city centre.
Police said 15 people are thought to have been involved in the brawl at around 2am, The Manchester Evening News reports.
Gary was punched in the face and knocked unconscious. It’s thought he struck his head on the ground during the attack and, despite emergency surgery, he has not woken up since.
The 58-year-old was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, where he remains in a critical condition.
A second man, in his 20s, was also taken to hospital with bruising and cuts.
Gary’s daughter, Amie, has been at his bedside since he was admitted to hospital.
She has appealed for witnesses to the fight to come forward.
Amie was on her hen do in Bristol when her mother received a call about Gary being attacked in Manchester.
The 26-year-old is due to marry fiancé Munya, 27, in four weeks.
Amie said: “He is really unwell at the moment. We have not left his bedside, we have got all the family around.
“It is extreme what he looks like now. He doesn’t look like my father.
“I am devastated, it is absolutely disgusting what has happened to him.”
She added: “It is not our world this behaviour. They were supposed to be having a nice weekend away for the stag do.
“It is still not real. I haven’t even thought about the wedding. I want him to be there walking me up the aisle.
“He is the funniest man and the hardest working man I know. He is just amazing.”
Amie, who appealed for help with her fiancé and brother Shuan, appealed for anyone with video footage or photographs from the area at the time to contact police.
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and a 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Both have been released under investigation.
Det Insp Mark Davis, from GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “This was a large brawl in the city centre at a time when a lot of people would be leaving bars and clubs.
“It might be that you witnessed something but didn’t think to contact police at the time. If so, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“Just one punch on a night out has the potential to change people’s lives and a man has been severely injured as a result.
“We also know there were lots of cars in the area and I would urge drivers to check their dash cam footage to see if there’s anything on there that could help us with this investigation.
“We also believe there might be further victims who were injured and again, I would ask you to call us too.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 190 of February 10.