A family has been “left numb” after a mother-of-two died from a violent assault that happened on the street in broad daylight in front of her children.
37 year-old Nicola McKenzie was on Cadogan Street in Manchester’s Moss Side area with her two children, 12 year-old Teja and Amahri, aged 8 on Tuesday when she sustained a serious head injury in the brutal attack.
Nicola was rushed to hospital, but died there three days later on Friday; her parents were at her bedside as doctors turned off her life support machine. Nicola’s mother, 62 year-old Veronica Fiddler, said that her daughter was totally devoted to her children:
“She hardly ever went out without them, they were her life. She took them to school, brought them home and spent her time with them. She was a very very good mother and that is how everybody knew her. The children are going to miss their mother very greatly. They were there when it happened too. The whole community is in shock, she was very well known. She was loving and so kind. It’s such a shock for everybody.”
A Home Office pathologist was due to begin a post-mortem examination yesterday; Detective Chief Inspector Richard Eales said: “I would like to extend my condolences to Nicola’s family at what is a very traumatic and difficult time for them. We have charged one man in connection with this incident and now, following her death, will be reviewing the charges against him in consultation with the CPS.”
43 year-old Oral David Bryan, 43, who lives on Cadogan Street where the assault took place, has been charged with a section 18 assault and appeared at Manchester Crown Court on 19 September.