A grieving man had his ear bitten off while breaking up a fight at a wake for his friend.The deceased seems to have died young:
The funeral wake was for 26-year-old married father-of-three Marcus ‘Sparky’ Walton.Such as: he stopped breathing?
Police said his death, on Saturday, March 19, was ‘non-suspicious’ and due to ‘medical problems’.
Mr Walton, of Accrington Road, Blackburn, was father to Molly, Maci and Marcus.A man of simple tastes in naming his offspring, clearly.
Police said the victim, a local man, had not been able to get time off work to attend the funeral service at St Teresa’s RC Church in the morning or the interment at Pleasington Cemetery.Not ‘sober’, just ‘more sober’. Maybe through lack of catch-up time?
The wake began at the Manxman pub, Highercroft, before about 30 mourners moved on to the Stop and Rest, where the victim joined the group, who had been drinking all day.
Police said the victim was more sober than the rest of the group.
Detective Sergeant Simon Upton, of Blackburn CID, said detectives were investigating a serious drink-fuelled assault.Yes, well, all the clues are there. That must be why they call you ‘detective’!
He said: “As a result of a minor argument, this man was an innocent bystander trying to split up a disturbance and was involved in a struggle.
“He went to pick someone up from the floor and in the struggle he’s had his ear bitten off.
“Emotions were running high because of the occasion and we believe this has been a drink-fuelled incident. ”