A MAN has been charged with the murder of a Leigh man almost four years after the tragic incident.

At around 7pm on 8 November 2019, Greater Manchester Police responded to reports of a disturbance at an address on Wigan Road in Leigh.

Following the disturbance, 26-year-old Shane Maloney was rushed to hospital for severe brain injuries.

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Shane sadly passed away in March 2021, 15 months after the incident.

Dean Hughes, 46, from Church Road from Bickershaw, is currently residing at HMP Risley, after pleading guilty to a section 18 assault regarding the same incident.

Prior to the victim’s death, Hughes received a sentence of 8 years in jail.

The case has been subsequently resubmitted to the Crown Prosecution Service following Maloney's death, with Hughes now charged with murder.

Hughes will appear on Wednesday, October 18 at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates.