Family pay tribute to Wigan man, 62, murdered in own home during late-night disturbance

The family of a 62-year-old who was killed during a disturbance in his Wigan home last week have asked him to ‘say hello to mum for us’.

Derek Alexander Szostok was injured in a disturbance at a house in Leigh on Tuesday August 26, but passed away in hospital on Saturday afternoon.

A 41-year-old man, who was initially arrested on assault charges has been re-arrested for murder and is now being questioned under police custody.

In a heartfelt statement released today, Derek’s family said: “God bless you brother, you will be sadly missed by all the family.”

Officers were called to a house on Moresby Close at around 1.50am after reports that an assault had taken place and found Derek with serious injuries.

He eventually succumbed to his injuries after nearly five days, the post-mortem established that Derek died from a flexion of the neck.

“Derek lost his fight for life at 4:15pm on 30 August 2014,” the family said.

“God bless you, say hello to mum for us.”

Greater Manchester Police are continuing to urge anyone who may know anything in relation to this case to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9823 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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