Two men accused of attacking a man at a house party who later died in hospital have made their first appearance at court.
Ryan Calvert, 20, of Dean Street, Blackpool, and Shaun Dolan, 22, of no fixed address, are charged with the murder of 23-year-old Thomas Poole.
The defendants were flanked in the secure dock by security officers and spoke only to give their personal details during the five minute hearing in front of a packed public gallery at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Jane Yates, prosecuting, asked for the case to be sent direct to crown court and the defendants remanded in custody.
Defence solicitor Brett Chappell, for Calvert, said his client would plead not guilty to the offence and would apply for bail at crown court.
Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending Dolan, said her client would not indicate a plea to the charge at this stage.
The defendants were remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on January 17 by Blackpool magistrates.
Mr Poole, of Preston New Road, Blackpool, was found with head injuries on Saturday after a house party in the resort’s Ribble Road.
He died in Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital 90 minutes after police were called to the scene about 8am. A post mortem showed Mr Poole died of head injuries.
Today, his family thanked the local community for their support following Thomas’ death.
Writing on social networking site Facebook, his brother Greg said: “Really appreciate all the support.
“I’d thank you all individually but it would take too long.
“RIP my little bro, I will always love you.”
Friends also took to the website to share their condolences. Chris Hercus said: “Sorry to hear about your brother mate.
“Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
Becki Leigh added: “Thoughts with you and your family.”
Mr Poole attended Collegiate High School and later worked as a labourer for his father, Jim, fitting fire alarms at commercial premises.