Preston hotel manslaughter accused to face a trial

Clifton Hotel
Clifton Hotel

A man is to face a trial over a death at a Preston Hotel.

Jonathan Palgrave, 35, died after being taken to Royal Preston Hospital on May 20 after collapsing at the Clifton Hotel on Fishergate Hill, Preston.

It is alleged he suffered a head injury in an assault, two days before his death.

Fylde man Paul Ellerker, 30, of no fixed abode, is accused of his manslaughter.

He did not enter a plea to the charge during an appearance at Preston Crown Court due to concerns about his fitness to plead.

A provisional trial date was set for December 10 by Judge Andrew Woolman, with a further plea hearing scheduled on September 4.