A ‘loving father’ died in a freak accident when his head became trapped between railings during a night out.
Ashley Murphy-Hayes, 26, was found by a passer-by with his neck stuck in the railings down a side street in Bolton, UK.
He was rushed to the Royal Bolton Hospital but died later that morning despite frantic attempts to revive him.
Tragedy struck while Ashley was on a night out with girlfriend Katrina Kirkby, and school pal Paul Barrett, in Bolton town center.
They had visited the ROC Night Club followed by the Bamboogy dance club on January 7.
Barnett told an inquest Murphy-Hayes had ‘seemed to be fine’, being his ‘usual annoying self, but in a good way’.
But the couple had a row in a club and continued to argue as they were followed outside by their friend.
The three then walked back in the direction of the club but Murphy-Hayes went down a side street to go for a cigarette.
When asked by coroner John Pollard if this concerned Barnett at all, he said: ‘He never, to my knowledge, attempted to harm himself.’
Barnett and Kirkby then returned to the club.
Later that night, he was told by a bouncer he knew ‘not to go down the road’ as ‘Ash had been taken to hospital’.
Passers-by Mbekezeli Mayo and Jude Esan found Ashley with his neck stuck between railings, unresponsive and with no pulse around 4:00 am.
Mr Mayo said he was ‘completely limp’ as the pair of them lifted him clear of the railings. A nightclub manager then called the police and an ambulance.
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate Murphy-Hayes, but he did not respond and was pronounced dead an hour later, Bolton Coroners Court heard.
A post mortem revealed he died from asphyxia due to neck compression. Cops said no one else was involved in the death.
Concluding the death was an accident, Pollard said: ‘I have heard hundreds, possibly thousands of times of pathologists over the decades.
‘You would be amazed how quickly you can lose consciousness due to compression of the neck.
‘I think he has lost consciousness very quickly, and he does sag which then puts all the pressure on his neck.’
After the hearing, Murphy-Hayes’ family said: ‘He was respected and loved by many, and he will be missed.
‘You knew when Ashley was in the room. He was a loving father to his son.’