Boy, 16, is charged with murder of man stabbed to death in Wigan

  • Paul Marsh was found with suspected stab wounds at a property on Friday 

A teenage boy has been charged with murder after a 49-year-old man was stabbed to death in Wigan earlier this month.

Greater Manchester Police say the 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded in custody ahead of a court appearance on Wednesday following the death of Paul Marsh.

Officers were called to reports of an unconscious man at a property in Samuel Street in Atherton, Wigan at around 6pm on Friday November 17, where they found Mr Marsh with a serious injury.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, Mr Marsh could not be saved and he died a short time later.

Police leading the investigation earlier said that they believed Mr Marsh had suffered stab wounds.

Paul Wright was found at a property in Samuel Street, Atherton, Wigan with suspected stab wounds last week

Police officers at the scene in Samuel Street on Saturday, the day after Mr Marsh was found at a nearby property

A police car at the scene of the alleged murder on Saturday. Police have charged a 16-year-old boy

DCI Neil Higginson said last week: ‘The thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with the victim’s family at this time.

‘We are committed to getting answers for them and establishing what occurred.’

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder but was later released and faces no further action.

A GMP spokesperson said on Wednesday: ‘Detectives are still appealing for information. Any details can be made direct to Greater Manchester Police on 101, quoting incident 2727 of 17/11/2023.’

Mr Marsh’s family paid tribute to him in a statement issued before the boy was charged.

They said: ‘Paul was our son, brother, partner and father and he was loved unconditionally. 

‘Paul’s death is beyond comprehension, and we cannot believe that he has died in such a violent and tragic way.

‘Paul will be remembered for many things not least, his laughter, loyalty, and sense of fun.

‘Paul will not be forgotten, and our world is a sadder place without him in it.’


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