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Man seriously assaulted last year dies

A man who was seriously assaulted in Blackburn has sadly died in hospital.

Derek Wildeman age 41 was assaulted on 24th February 2013 at his home address Coleridge Street.

Two men were convicted in October 2013. An Uncle and Nephew were jailed in relation to the assault.

Steven Quigley, 31, of Rothesay Road, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to section 18 wounding with intent. He was told he must serve a minimum of six years, minus the time already spend on remand, before being considered for release. He will remain on licence for the rest of his life.

Gary Quigley, 43, of Hancock Street, pleaded guilty to section 20 wounding in June and was sentenced to 20 months in prison, minus the time already spend on remand.

Sadly at 3am this morning, Derek Wildeman, 41, died at Royal Preston Hospital. He had been undergoing rehabilitation in Burnley but returned to hospital after his condition deteriorated.

A Home Office post mortem examination will take place to establish how he died. Discussions will then take place with the CPS to decide if any further charges will be brought.

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