A woman whose death triggered a rape-murder investigation was once jailed for involuntary manslaughter after pushing a man under a tram at Manchester Victoria station.
Charrissa Brown, 36, was taken to hospital on Wednesday from an apartment in Gorse Bank, Bury, but has sadly died.
Police launched an investigation and arrested three men, aged 32, 52 and 61, on suspicion of murder and rape.
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The men were arrested at properties on Gorse Bank and Rutland Drive and remain in custody.
An autopsy performed on Ms. Brown’s body was inconclusive. Evidence of possible drug abuse was found on the Gorse Bank property which police are pursuing as a line of investigation.
In 2017, Ms. Brown, who also went by the name Wellington-Brown, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. There is no connection between the two investigations, the Manchester Evening News understands
Manchester Crown Court was told in 2017 that Mrs Brown, then 31, killed Philip Carter during a violent outburst on the Manchester Victoria station platform.
Carter, 30, who did not know her attacker, lost his balance and fell through a gap between the platform and a tram after she pushed him with “very excessive force”.
The tram started a short time later and he was fatally injured.
Afterward, Brown-Wellington was heard to say: “I didn’t mean that. He got in my face. We were just playing fight.”
The incident occurred in June 2017 when Wellington-Brown was waiting with her partner to catch a tram back to their home in Chadderton.
Brown-Wellington had a personality disorder that causes “impulsive violence”, was drunk and had taken ecstasy earlier that night, the court was told.
She was also declared a dangerous criminal by the judge, Judge William Davis, who ordered that she must serve two-thirds of her sentence behind bars before being considered for parole.
Today, tributes have been paid to Ms. Brown, including by her mother Sue Brown, who wrote on Facebook: ‘RIP my beautiful daughter.’ She urged her friends to bring flowers to the site and lay them in memory of Charrissa.
Friend Leigh Kelly wrote: ‘Rip Charrissa Brown absolutely heartbroken.
‘Lots of memories with you…one of the funniest girls I know…someday we’ll catch up until then, rest in peace and have the best bed in heaven my xxx girl.’
Yesterday Detective Superintendent Kate Atton, from GMP’s Bury CID, said: “I have no doubt that the community is shocked and concerned to hear the news about this incident, but I would like to assure you that we have a dedicated team of detectives who they investigate.” and following various lines of investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of this lady.
‘High visibility patrols and local officers will be in the area and available to speak to anyone interested and we will provide more information as soon as we can.
“We want to give the lady’s family the answers they deserve as they are understandably devastated by the loss and our thoughts remain with them.” We would ask anyone with information to come forward.”
GMP says the incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in accordance with normal procedure due to previous police contact.
Anyone with information can report it online or through our LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.