Trio admit brutal near-fatal attack on South Yorkshire student walking home

Daniel Whiteley - injured in an attack in Manchester, where he is a student.'March 2012
Daniel Whiteley - injured in an attack in Manchester, where he is a student.'March 2012
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TWO men and a woman have admitted an attack on a student from South Yorkshire who was robbed, beaten and left for dead in a stream.

Daniel Whiteley, aged 19, from Darton, Barnsley, was frogmarched to a park in Manchester where he was forced to hand over his bank card and Pin on a night out.

He was kicked and stamped on and then thrown unconscious into a freezing cold culvert as his assailants ran off and withdrew cash from his account.

At Manchester Crown Court, Michael Brownlie, 26, and Nicholas Lindsay, 22, admitted attempted murder and robbery. Katie Morgan, Lindsay’s 18-year-old girlfriend, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery.

Mr Whiteley, a first-year English student at Manchester University, was attacked as he walked home, from a takeaway shop in Fallowfield, where he had called after a night out.

He was ordered to hand over his watch and then forced into nearby Platt Fields park, where he was robbed of his mobile phone and bank card, before he was assaulted.

His body was then carried over a fence and thrown into the water.

He was found after a passing cyclist heard a groan from the stream hours later.

He was rushed to hospital and left fighting for life after suffering extensive bleeding to the brain.

Adjourning sentencing until next month, Judge Robert Atherton said it was a “‘very, very serious case’.

Brownlie, Lindsay and Morgan, all of Longsight, Manchester, were remanded in custody.