Monday 19 March 2018

Murder probe after Irishman (34) dies in Birmingham, another Irishman arrested

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Police have launched a murder investigation after an Irishman (34) died from serious head injuries in Birmingham on Monday.

Phillip Leonard (34) from Ireland was found lying unconscious in Essex Street at around 1.30am on July 28.

The 34 year-old believed to be from Co Louth was taken to hospital but died on Monday (14 August). A forensic post mortem has revealed he died as a result of his head injuries.

Daniel Fitzpatrick, aged 26, also from Ireland, was arrested and charged with the attack last month. He is currently remanded in custody.

Officers are appealing for information and are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time.

Detective Inspector Ian Iliffe, from Force CID in Birmingham, said: "Following the sad death of Phillip this is now a murder investigation.

"His injuries were consistent with being attacked and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened in the early hours of 28 July.

"We already have one person in custody on suspicion of wounding and we will now be reviewing this."

Anyone with information can contact DI Iliffe from the Homicide Team on 101, extension 863 2127.

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