UPDATED: 32-year-old Michael John Hudson has been charged with killing 57-year-old Nick Medlin outside a pub in Ventnor during the early hours of Christmas Day.
Hudson, of no fixed abode, has been charged with manslaughter and will appear before Portsmouth Magistrates Court tomorrow (Thursday).
As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services rushed to Pier Street in the town at just gone midnight on Christmas Day following reports of an assault. Tragically, despite the best efforts of paramedics and Police, Mr Medlin’s life couldn’t be saved and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tributes have poured in for the dad-of-2 who worked as a prison officer at HMP Isle of Wight. Nick’s family issued a brief statement yesterday saying:
“We are completely devastated and totally heartbroken by the tragic death of Nick on Christmas Eve.
“The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind tributes and ask for privacy to grieve at this very sad time”.
A 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, who were previously arrested on suspicion of murder, have been bailed until 11th April 2017 pending further enquiries.
UPDATE THURSDAY – Michael Hudson, 32, has appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 23rd January 2017.
John Plain of the band ‘The Boys’ has paid tribute to Nick Medlin:
“I am shocked, stunned and extremely upset by the news. Nick was one of the nicest guys anyone could ever meet.
“Nick played bass with The Boys on our 2014 German tour and also appears in our promo video for “Punk Rock Girl”.
“My heart goes out to Nick’s lovely wife Dani and all his family.”
Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting Operation Extension.