Pictured: Man, 21, accused of murdering ‘peacemaker’ grandfather, 60

Pictured: ‘Crack cocaine user’, 21, accused of murdering ‘peacemaker’ grandfather, 60, who was killed after ‘trying to break-up mass brawl’ during night out with wife on her birthday

This is the ‘crack cocaine user’ accused of murdering a ‘peacemaker’ grandfather who died after ‘stepping in to break up a mass brawl’ during a night out to celebrate his wife’s birthday.

Kevin Wood, 60, was assaulted after becoming caught up in a disturbance outside a bar in Manchester city centre on Saturday. 

Callum Crosbie, 21, of Newcastle upon Tyne, is charged with murder, manslaughter, affray and the possession of a Class A drug. He appeared today via link for a preliminary hearing at Manchester Crown Court. 

Kevin Wood, 60

Callum Crosbie, 21, (left) of Newcastle upon Tyne, is charged with murder. Kevin Wood, 60, (right) was assaulted after becoming caught up in a disturbance outside a bar in Manchester city centre on Saturday

Police were called to a fight in Dantzic Street, near the popular Printworks venue, shortly after 8pm.

They said around 10 people were reported to have been involved and Mr Wood, who was a passer-by at the time and not involved in the initial disturbance, was assaulted and died at the scene.

It is believed Mr Wood, a bricklayer from Middleton, may have been trying to act as a ‘peacemaker’.

He’d been on a night out to celebrate his wife’s birthday at the time.

Crosbie is also charged with manslaughter, affray and the possession of a Class A drug

Crosbie is also charged with manslaughter, affray and the possession of a Class A drug

Crosbie spent much of the short hearing with his head bowed and spoke only to confirm his name.

Friends and family of Crosbie were in court and some sobbed as the hearing took place.

Mr Wood’s family paid tribute to him in a statement, describing him as a ‘gentle man who always thought of others.’

They said: ‘We are struggling to put into words just how special Kevin – known as ‘Woody’ to his friends – was and how much he meant to all who knew him.

‘He was extremely hard-working, proud and loyal to his family. He was a soft natured and gentle man who always thought of others.

‘Kevin was a loving husband, best friend and soul mate to his wife. Dad to his only daughter, stepdad, grandad, brother and uncle who was just out celebrating his wife’s birthday. He will be deeply missed.

‘We, as a family, are devastated at his loss.’

There was no application for bail and Crosbie was remanded in custody.

He’s next due to appear in court for a pre-trial and plea hearing on January 14, next year.

 A trial date has been set for May 16, next year.  

Police were called to a fight in Dantzic Street, near the popular Printworks venue, shortly after 8pm

Police were called to a fight in Dantzic Street, near the popular Printworks venue, shortly after 8pm 

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