Manslaughter charge following death of Morpeth grandad outside Chester pub

Kevin Gardner, 26, of Ellesmere Port, was yesterday charged in connection with the death of Ronald Hayes, 63, from Morpeth, who died following an alleged assault outside a pub in Chester

Ronald Hayes died after an incident outside a Chester pub
Ronald Hayes died after an incident outside a Chester pub

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of a Northumberland man who died after an incident outside a pub in Cheshire.

Kevin Gardner, 26, of Ellesmere Port, was yesterday charged in connection with the death of Ronald Hayes, 63, from Morpeth, who died following an alleged assault outside a pub in Chester last month.

Mr Hayes, a father and grandfather, was allegedly assaulted outside the Liverpool Arms Bar at Northgate Street, at around 12.50am on November 23.

The incident is said to have taken place after he left the bar. The alleged attackers were said to have been in the premises that evening.

Mr Hayes suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a critical condition. He was subsequently placed on a ventilator, which was switched off at shortly before 1pm on November 25.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Hayes had died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police launched a murder inquiry. Two men from Ellesmere Port were arrested on suspicion of assault, interviewed, and released on bail.

Cheshire Police yesterday charged Gardner, of Westminster Road, with the manslaughter of Ronald Hayes.

He has been bailed to appear at Chester Magistrates Court on January 7.

A second Ellesmere Port man, also 26, was released without charge.

Mr Hayes’ family said after his death he had been a doting partner, father and grandfather “whose spirit and energy was infectious”.

In a statement, the family said he had “a drive for life that outweighed his years” and that they were all “deeply saddened.”

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