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Teenager appears in court charged with killing 'adored' grandad

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A teenager has appeared in court charged with killing an 86-year-old veteran in Fulwood.

Frank Fishwick was found with facial injuries at his home in The Paddock, Fulwood, at around 3pm on Friday September 10.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died on Saturday morning.

Following Mr Fishwick's death, Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, was charged with manslaughter and appeared at Preston Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday September 14).

During the 15 minute hearing, Al Aaraj, a student at Preston's College, spoke only to confirm his name and identity.

No plea was entered and the case was committed to Preston Crown Court, where Al Aaraj will appear by video link on October 12

The defendant was remanded in custody until the next hearing.

The Paddocks, Fulwood (Image: Google Maps)

Mr Fishwick's family paid tribute to "an adored father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by family and friends."

They said: "He served in the Army Royal Core 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 tireless to bring justice to an unforgivable act of violence."

Police are continuing to investigate Mr Fishwick's death and have asked anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have information to get in touch.

Det Ch Insp Mark Haworth-Oates, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "First and foremost our thoughts remain with Mr Fishwick's family, who continue to be looked after by specialist officers.

"Our enquiries are very much ongoing and we have now charged a man in relation to this incident. However, we are continuing to ask witnesses to come forward. If you saw the incident or have any information about who was involved and what happened, please let us know. Similarly, if you have any dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage showing what happened, please tell us."

Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 879 of September 10.

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