Frank Fishwich death: Preston teen Mohammed Al Aaraj to be sentenced over pensioner's death

A Preston teenager will be sentenced today over the death of pensioner Frank Fishwick.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 16th March 2022, 12:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2022, 1:58 pm

Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, of Sheffield Drive, Preston, is awaiting sentence today.

Mr Fishwick died after allegedly being punched in the face during an altercation with youths outside his flat in The Paddock, Fulwood on Friday September 10.

The grandfather, who served with the Royal Engineers, suffered a broken nose and facial injuries.

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Mohammed Al Aaraj at Preston Magistrates Court

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died the following morning.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be bleeding as a result of fractures to the nose, consistent with being assaulted.

A murder investigation was launched and 19-year-old Al Aaraj, of Sheffield Drive, Preston was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday, September 12.

The charges was later changed to manslaughter.

Frank Fishwick, from Fulwood, 86

After his arrest he was due to was due to appear at Preston Crown Court to enter a plea to the charges, but did not attend the hearing.

The court was told he was absent due to illness and was therefore unable to enter a plea.

Following Mr Fishwick's death, his family described him as "an adored father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by family and friends."

They said: "He served in the Army Royal Corp of Engineers and committed his working life to Leyland Motors.

"He was well liked by his friends, offered a helping hand when needed and his humour brought cheer to many.

"Our thanks are extended to Lancashire Police who are working tirelessly to bring justice to an unforgivable act of violence."