Three face attempted murder charge

Barnsley student Daniel Whiteley.
Barnsley student Daniel Whiteley.

THREE people were due in court today charged with the attempted murder of a Barnsley student.

Daniel Whiteley, aged 19, was found seriously injured in a water-filled ditch at the bottom of an embankment in Platt Fields park, Fallowfield, Greater Manchester, last Tuesday morning.

The first-year Manchester University student, of Darton, Barnsley, received multiple injuries to his head and body, and is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Two men and a woman have now been charged in connection with the incident and were due at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court this morning.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Three people have been charged after a student was attacked in Platt Fields Park.

“Michael Brownlie, 26, of Erneley Close, Longsight, 21-year-old Nicholas Lindsay, of Aked Close, Longsight, and 18-year-old Katie Mongan, of Mount Road, Longsight, are charged with attempted murder and are due in court.”

Police had struggled to identify Daniel, a first-year English student, for 36 hours, until officers found a set of keys in the ditch.

They made contact with his family and informed them.

His parents have been staying in Manchester while he remains in hospital, which his younger brother has also been to see him.