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Five plead guilty to affray and public disorder
Monday 12th December, 2005

Five youths have today, Monday 12 December 2005, pleaded guilty to affray and public order offences at Wigan Youth Court following the death of Mi Gao HUANG CHEN in Scholes earlier this year.

An 18-year-old man from Wigan and a 16-year-old boy from Higher Ince pleaded guilty to affray. A 16-year-old girl from Wigan pleaded guilty to a section 4 public order offence. An 18-year-old woman from Lower Ince and a 16-year-old boy from Aspull pleaded guilty to a section 5 public order offence. Charges were withdrawn in respect of a 15-year-old girl from Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Mi, locally known as Michael, died following an altercation with a group of youths in the Scholes area of Wigan on Saturday 23 April 2005.

The five youths convicted today were part of the group involved in this disturbance, which began shortly after 11pm when Michael and Eileen left the takeaway restaurant, the Superb Hut in the Scholes Precinct area, to find the person responsible for criminal damage caused at the shop the previous night.

Michael and Eileen headed towards Limefield flats where the teenagers were among a larger group of youths, some of whom were armed with weapons, including spades, hoes, and large pieces of wood.

The group ran around the area and were chased by Michael, Eileen and the chef from the restaurant.

Shortly after this, the group moved onto Butler Street and onto the grass bank opposite the Scholes Precinct. A member of the group confronted Eileen before running off towards Limefield flats with others from the group.

At this stage Eileen, who was armed with a wrench, crossed the road and a confrontation occurred between the remaining members of the group, during which one of the teenagers sustained a cut to her head. The youths moved on and one of them threw a hoe towards Eileen, narrowly missing her.

The youths then ran along Wellington Street where a number of skirmishes took place. The disorder spilled over onto on Hardybutts, McCormick Drive and Cambridge Way, where some of the youths stood watching. During a skirmish on McCormick Drive, the 18-year-old man from Wigan and the 16-year-old boy from Higher Ince were seen throwing items towards Michael and Eileen.

The disturbance moved onto Hardybutts where Michael was attacked by other members of the group. He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital where he later died on Thursday 28 April 2005.

In the three months following the incident, the six youths were arrested and interviewed. In June 2005, all six youths were charged with the offences.

Four teenage boys have already been convicted of Michael's murder and will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square on Friday 16 December 2005.

Leading the investigation Detective Chief Inspector Steve CRIMMINS from Wigan Police said: "I am pleased the five teenagers have accepted and admitted their responsibility today for the parts they played in the incident.

"The CCTV which captured the incident was able to highlight each individual's role within the disturbance, which became vital evidence when investigating the case and interviewing the teenagers.

"I hope today's convictions underline the serious nature of the offences and serves as a reminder that people involved in incidents like this won't be able to hide from justice."

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