Inquest into death of Michael Hoolickin, young father stabbed by repeat offender, to resume on Monday

Friday 19 July 2019

Anna Morris, instructed by Kelly Darlington of Farleys Solicitors LLP, is representing the family.

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The inquest into the death of Michael Hoolickin will resume on Monday 22nd July 2019 at Heywood Coroner’s Court in front of HM Senior Coroner Joanne Kearsley, and is expected to last 3 weeks (22 July – 9 August 2019).

Michael Hoolickin, a young father aged 27, sadly died on 17th October 2016 having been stabbed outside a pub in Middleton, Manchester. He was trying to prevent an assault on a woman.

The inquest was adjourned in January of this year for further evidence to be obtained. Greater Manchester Police were also made an Interested Person in Michael’s Inquest.

Although the criminal proceedings resulted in a conviction for murder, there are matters to be explored at the Inquest in relation to the National Probation Service’s involvement in the supervision of the offender prior to the tragic incident that led to Michael’s death.

Evidence will be heard over two weeks from a number of probation witnesses and the Inquest will consider the management of the offender whilst he was under the National Probation Service and whether he was supervised appropriately. 

Michael’s parents, Garry and Lesley, said on behalf of the family:

“It has been nearly three years since Michael died and we still have a number of questions surrounding his death. Nothing can bring Michael back, so all we can hope for now is a change in the supervision and management of offenders so that no other family has to go through this. It is important that any lessons that need to be learned are acted upon.”

Anna Morris is a member of the Garden Court Inquests and Inquiries Team.

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