Preston Teenager Jailed for Four Years After Fulwood Pensioner Dies

A teenager has been jailed after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of an elderly man in Preston.

Police were called shortly after 3pm on September 10th 2021 to The Paddock, Fulwood, following a report of an assault.

Officers attended and found the victim, Frank Fishwick, aged 86, with facial injuries. He later attended hospital but sadly 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.

Prior to the assault Mr Fishwick had gone outside to speak to a group of youths who were congregating in a stairway near to his home.

Mr Fishwick admitted to officers at the time that he used some racist language towards the defendant, which he later apologised for.

During the interaction Mr Fishwick was punched to the face by one of the group who all then ran off.

An investigation was launched and Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, of Sheffield Drive, Preston, was arrested and subsequently charged with manslaughter.

He entered a guilty plea in December 2021 and at Preston Crown Court he was sentenced to four years in prison.

In a statement Mr Fishwick’s family said: “The assault of an elderly, frail person is unconscionable. A life taken cannot be restored, nor the act of forgiveness for a violent offence be offered or given. The untimely death of a father, grandfather, and loved one and the manner in which it occurred has been life-changing and created a profound, indescribable sadness.”

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