A young mother innocently chatting with friends at a Greater Manchester pub died when a beer bottle thrown during Boxing Night celebrations slashed her neck.
The man who hurled the bottle had been refused entry in the Queen Anne after arguing with bouncers just a few minutes before the incident. The bottle was smashed when it hit a pillar near where Emma O’Kane, 27, was standing. A piece of the smashed bottle pierced arteries in her neck.
O’Kane was at the pub with her partner, Michael Shepherd, who was celebrating his 38th birthday and four friends when she died. She was employed as a barmaid at the pub.
O’Kane and Shepherd have three young children, 6, 2 and one.
Shepherd was in another part of the pub when O’Kane went to bid farewell to some of their friends in the main area of the establishment. Shepherd’s words of grief were reported by the Guardian.
“We had all gone out for a drink to celebrate my birthday and went back to the pub where Emma works as a barmaid for one last drink to end the night. I was in the snug room and Emma wandered into the main bar. Everyone knows her in the pub and she was saying goodbye to some of her friends. I heard something and then saw Emma on the floor. I just thought that she had fallen over. But then I realised that she was not moving and that her eyes were open and there was blood all over the place.”
O’Kane was taken to Fairfield Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Several floral tributes have been placed in front of the pub honouring the beloved waitress.
A nineteen-year-old man has been arrested for suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.