Three due to be sentenced after Manchester student brutally robbed and left for dead in freezing park stream

By Dean Wilkins

Three callous robbers who attacked a teenage student and left him for dead in a Manchester park will be sentenced later today.

A city-wide search was carried out after Daniel Whiteley, 19, was found with horrific injuries in Platt Fields park with severe injuries and dumped in a freezing stream last February.

Michael Brownlie, 26, of Erneley Close, Longsight, and Nicholas Lindsay, 22, of Aked Close, Longsight, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and robbery – Lindsay’s girlfriend Katie Morgan, 18, of Mount Road, Longsight, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery.

The first-year English student at the University of Manchester stumbled across the defendants after leaving a takeaway following a night out with housemates in the city centre.

Mongan is thought to have been begging passers-by for cigarettes – when Mr Whiteley said he did not have any she became aggressive and hurled abuse at him and accused him of being disrespectful.

The student was then frogmarched into nearby Platt Fields, robbed of his watch, phone and wallet, and beaten unconscious.

He was then thrown over the fence – while knocked out – into a freezing stream and left for dead.

Luckily, a cyclist riding by heard his groans a few hours later and called emergency services.

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