Detectives have renewed their appeal for witnesses following the fatal attack on a man outside an Abergele pub last week.
Paul Blackledge died in hosptial from injuries after the assault at the Pen-y-Bont on Bridge Street at around 10.30pm on Thursday night. The pub’s manager, Tracey Jones (47), and an employee, Anthony Smith (39), were arrested and charged with manslaughter – they remain in custody ahead of an appearance before a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court on Monday.
North Wales Police were only informed of the assault two days afterwards – detective inspector Mark Hughes said ‘We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have driven past the pub at the time and seen the disturbance.
An inquest into Mr Blackledge’s death was opened and adjourned last Monday after hearing from a Home Office pathologist – a post-mortem examination had revealed he had died from a ‘blunt force head injury’. His family said ‘Paul was a funny, good natured man and we are devastated by his death. He will be sadly missed by all his family.’
Anyone with information should contact the Major Incident Room on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.