Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead six days after being attacked in Manchester city centre. David Aubert was assaulted on Bloom Street in the Gay Village in the early hours of June 2, police say.
The 59-year-old was taken to hospital, but later discharged himself. Four days later, worried family members reported him missing.
Mr Aubert was sadly found dead at an address on at around 11am on June 8. The incident has been referred to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch who have referred it to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
In a tribute, his family said: “Dave was an easy-going, likeable chap who was well known in the local area and often seen riding around on his bicycle. He had a caring nature, with not a mean bone in his body, and was well liked by all who knew him.
“He liked his routine, was set in his ways and happy and content with his lot. He didn’t have a care in the world and lived his life without causing any hurt to anyone else.
“Dave’s death, under such tragic circumstances, has had a devastating effect on all who knew him, and has left his three brothers with the heart-breaking task of learning to live without him.”
Police say an investigation is ‘very much ongoing’. Det Chief Insp David Meeney, from GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Our thoughts are with David’s family who are understandably devastated and desperately wanting some answers which a number of detectives are currently working on answering.
“The investigation is very much on-going and we’re following up a number of lines of enquiry already including thorough CCTV checks. We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the assault on Bloom Street or anyone who may have heard from David to get in touch. Even the smallest bit of information may be vital.”
Anyone with information or anyone who may have seen anything is asked to call 0161 856 1259, report it online or via LiveChat at gmp.police.uk or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.