A MAN was bludgeoned to death with an empty bottle of prosecco by a colleague in a hotel room while celebrating pay day, an inquest heard.
, and Hayden Fitzpatrick, 21, went out on a night out with pals in Manchester last September.
Hayden Fitzpatrick, 21, bludgeoned a man to death with an empty bottle of prosecco before killing himself[/caption]
A post-mortem exam found Tom Noakes, 29, died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head[/caption]
But by the following morning, both were dead after Fitzpatrick attacked Tom and then killed himself by jumping out of a fifth floor hotel window.
The insurance workers checked into the Britannia hotel in the early hours and CCTV showed them returning to the hotel at 1.46am with the booze.
Detective Inspector Andy Butterworth told Manchester coroner’s court that the men had ordered cocaine.
Tom has also used a dating app called Grindr on his phone and met a man called “Andreas” in reception and took him up to room 130.
The three men stayed in the room until Andreas left at 4.26am. But at 5.30am police were called to reports of Fitzpatrick jumping to his death from a hotel window, which he smashed with a fire extinguisher.
Why Tom was struck in the first instance will always remain a mystery
Coroner Mr Bridgman
A room key led officers to room 130 and they found Tom slumped in a chair with fatal head injuries. Paramedics were called, but he was sadly declared dead at 6.22am on September 26 last year..
On the bedside table was a “blood-stained, double sized” bottle of prosecco, the detective told the court. Mr Buttworth confirmed police have no doubt the prosecco bottle was used to bludgeon Mr Noakes to death.
The only fingerprints found in the room belonged to the Mr Noakes, Mr Fitzpatrick and “Andreas”.
Mr Noakes had no defensive injuries and a post-mortem exam found he died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, caused by a heavy implement.
Assistant coroner Andrew Bridgman asked DI Butterworth: “Is it the conclusion of police that had he survived, Mr Fitzpatrick would have been charged with murder?”
‘CALLOUS AND FRENZIED ASSAULT’
“Yes, definitely,” he replied.
Earlier Tom’s mum Angela told the hearing that on the night of his death he had messaged her around midnight to say he was going to come back to their home in Eccles, Gtr Manchester.
When she woke he wasn’t there. She added that when she saw a report of two men dying at the Britannia Hotel “I just knew one of them was Tom.”
DI Butterworth told the coroner they were unable to establish a motive but added Mr Fitzpatrick mentions in a text message that ‘it was something he would never do normally’ and ‘it leaves a bad impression’.
Mrs Noakes said her son had previously told her that he was not in a relationship with Fitzpatrick and found him “clingy”.
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Coroner Mr Bridgman recorded a conclusion of unlawful killing, telling the court that at some time between 4.45am and 5.30am, Mr Fitzpatrick launched ‘what can only be described as a callous and frenzied and a seemingly unprovoked assault’ on Mr Noakes.
He struck Mr Noakes around the head and face at least six times with the empty prosecco bottle.
“Why Tom was struck in the first instance will always remain a mystery,” the coroner added.
Hayden Fitzpatrick jumped from the fifth-story window of the Brittania Hotel in Manchester[/caption]
Manchester coroner’s court heard his motive for attacking Mr Noakes is still a mystery[/caption]
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