Stephen Rimmer: man charged with manslaughter two years after death of Rochdale ‘gentle giant’

Bradleigh Shepherd, 24, has been charged with manslaughter.

<p>Stephen Rimmer died in March 2020 Credit: GMP</p>

Stephen Rimmer died in March 2020 Credit: GMP

A man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a Rochdale man over two years ago.

Stephen Rimmer, 42, attended Royal Oldham Hospital on Wednesday 21 August 2019, a week after he was reported to have been assaulted close to his home address on Culvert Street in Rochdale a week before.

He had serious facial injuries and sadly died on 7 March 2020. An investigation was launched the following month.

Today GMP said Bradleigh Shepherd, 24, of John Street, Heywood has now been charged with manslaughter.

Family tribute

In a tribute issued at the time of Stephen’s death, his family said: “Stephen was a caring son and brother, and a wonderful stepfather to Kimberley. He was also very popular with friends.

“Stephen was loving and kind; he touched the hearts of many. He was a gentle giant who lived his life to the full.

“His death has left us utterly devastated. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone during this awful time for their support.”

Shepherd will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates court on Tuesday 30 August 2022.