Man charged with manslaughter of Stephen Rimmer

Date published: 29 July 2022

A man has been charged with manslaughter more than two years after Stephen Rimmer died in March 2020.

Stephen Rimmer, 42, self-presented at Royal Oldham Hospital on Wednesday 21 August 2019, a week after he was allegedly assaulted close to his home address on Culvert Street in Rochdale, leaving him with serious facial injuries.

Despite the best efforts of emergency services and hospital staff, he sadly died as a result of injuries on 7 March 2020.

Police launched an investigation in April 2020 and Bradleigh Shepherd, 24, of Heywood, has now been charged with manslaughter.

In a tribute issued at the time of Stephen’s death, his family said: “Stephen was a caring son and brother, and a wonderful stepfather to Kimberley. He was also very popular with friends.

“Stephen was loving and kind; he touched the hearts of many. He was a gentle giant who lived his life to the full.

“His death has left us utterly devastated. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone during this awful time for their support.”

Shepherd will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 30 August 2022.

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