Man killed workmate with Prosecco bottle before leaping to his death from hotel window

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Hayden Fitzpatrick

ATTACK: Hayden Fitzpatrick, 21, killed his colleague before jumping from a hotel window (Pic: MEN MEDIA)

Hayden Fitzpatrick, 21, launched into a savage attack with a bottle of sparkling wine before smashing a fifth-floor window at the Britannia Hotel in Manchester city centre.

Tom Noakes, 29, an insurance worker from Eccles, Greater Manchester, was hit at least six times around the head with an empty Prosecco magnum.

Manchester Coroner’s Court heard the “callous, frenzied and seemingly unprovoked” assault took place after a night out with work colleagues at Swinton Insurance.

Both men booked a room at the hotel as their colleagues started to leave on the evening of September 25 last year.

Greater Manchester Police Detective Inspector Andrew Butterworth told the hearing cops were called to reports of a man falling from the fifth floor of the hotel just after 5.30am on September 26.

Tom Noakes

SAVAGE: Tom Noakes, 29, was beaten at least six times with an empty magnum of Prosecco (Pic: MEN MEDIA)

Crime scene outside Britannia Hotel, Manchester

CRIME SCENE: Police found Fitzpatrick’s body in the early hours of September 26 last year (Pic: MEN MEDIA)

“He heard what he described as basketball bounces against the wall, six or seven thuds, and somebody talking to themselves”

Detective Inspector Andrew Butterworth, Greater Manchester Police

Fitzpatrick’s body was discovered, while a hotel room key card in his wallet led police to find Noakes’s body upstairs.

He was sitting in a chair with severe head injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A fire extinguisher had been used to smash the window onto the ledge of the room.

On the bedside table was a “blood-stained, double sized” bottle of Prosecco,” the detective told the court.

Police inquiries discovered the pair had bought cocaine and the large bottle of Prosecco over the course of the night.

They had been out celebrating in Manchester with a friend for his birthday and were flush with cash because it was payday, the court was told.

Butterworth said Noakes had been using the gay dating app Grindr on the night of his death, and that a man called “Andreas” had travelled to the hotel to meet the pair.

“Andreas” then left the hotel at 4.26am, leaving the two in the room alone together again.

The inspector said police had spoken to a man staying in the room next to Noakes and Fitzpatrick.

Britannia Hotel, Manchester

PARTY: The two had booked a room at the Britannia hotel in Manchester and had bought cocaine (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)

“He heard what he described as basketball bounces against the wall, six or seven thuds, and somebody talking to themselves,” Butterworth told the court.

Tom’s mum Angela Noakes told the hearing her son messaged her at around midnight to say he planned to travel back to their home in Eccles, Salford.

But his bed was still empty when she woke up the next morning.

She told the court: “I saw two men had died at the Britannia Hotel and I just knew one of them was Tom.”

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