Men jailed for attempted murder of Wakefield student

Michael Brownlie, jailed for attack on Daniel Whiteley
Michael Brownlie, jailed for attack on Daniel Whiteley

TWO men have been jailed for the attempted murder of a former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil.

Daniel Whiteley, 19, was on his way home from a night out with friends in Manchester when he was attacked and left for dead on February 28.

Michael Brownlie, 26, and Nicholas Lindsay, 22, from Longsight, Manchester, were each jailed for 18 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder and robbery at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

Lindsay’s girlfriend Katie Mongan, 18, was jailed for seven years after admitting to causing grievous bodily harm and robbery.

Mr Whiteley, a first-year English student at the University of Manchester, met his attackers in a takeaway in Fallowfield, where they asked him for cigarettes.

They took him to the nearby Platt Fields Park where he was forced to hand over his phone, bank card and pin number.

He was then kicked and stamped on, before being thrown unconscious into a cold, watery ditch as his attackers fled and withdrew £250 from his account.

Mr Whiteley was found suffering from a bleed on the brain and severe hypothermia two hours later by a passing cyclist.

The student was unconscious for a week, but made a good recovery and eventually returned to university to complete his exams.

The trio were traced after police found takeaway boxes they had dumped at the scene.