Bacup pub landlord jailed for manslaughter

30/03/2017

Jonathan Wrigley has today been found guilty and jailed for 15 years at Liverpool Crown Court of the manslaughter of James Mulcahy who died just over a year after he was stabbed in Bacup town centre on 22 November 2014.

He stabbed Mr Mulcahy once in the chest during a street brawl between a group of people from the Wellington public house, where he was landlord, and a group from the Queens public house. 

He was previously found guilty after a trial of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.  Mr Mulcahy remained in hospital until he died on 5th December 2015; Jonathan Wrigley was subsequently charged with his murder, along with an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Joanna Ingle for the CPS said: "Jonathan Wrigley has today been found guilty and jailed for the manslaughter of James Mulcahy during a violent street brawl.

"During his initial trial for causing grievous bodily harm, Wrigley denied that he had a knife or that he had stabbed anybody during the incident. However, after being re-charged following his death, he admitted that he had stabbed Mr Malcahy, but in self-defence.

"It was the prosecution case that he had armed himself with a knife which he used during the fracas.  The evidence presented at both trials showed that after he stabbed Mr Mulcahy, he drove back to the pub, washed the blood off his hands and started covering his tracks by deleting the CCTV from the pub and organising a false alibi. After carefully considering all the evidence against him, the jury have found him not guilty of murder but guilty to an alternative count of manslaughter.

"I sincerely hope that today's verdict and sentence will bring James' loved ones some sense of closure and that justice has been served.  My thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Notes to editors:

  • Joanna Ingle is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West Complex Casework Unit
  • Jonathan Wrigley was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment reduced to 10 years 4 months due to time already served for the original offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.