UK Police Arrest Man for Suspected Red-Paint Spray Assault on Homeless Now Dead

Published September 19th, 2018 - 09:00 GMT

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of assaulting a homeless person who was sprayed with red paint before he was found dead in a cemetery.

Michael Cash, 32, was covered in paint while sitting outside a Tesco Express in Eston, Middlesbrough, on Sunday, September 9.

Video footage emerged of the attack, where a man is heard saying 'this is how we deal with beggars on the street' and 'he's not even a beggar'.

Cash was found dead in Eston Cemetery three days later, on Wednesday September 12.

Following a post-mortem examination, police said they are not treating the death as suspicious. 

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.

He has been released under investigation whilst inquiries continue.

A Just Giving page has been set up to raise money for Michael Cash's funeral.

Vicki Gaffney, 38, who works in Iceland, said: 'He was involved in a spray painting incident last week, and that was just disgusting.

'I thought how can someone treat him in that way when he was in such despair?

'At that point he must have been so down. The paint just covered the only clothes he had. It is just outrageous. 

'Then the next thing I heard was that he had died - I was so sorry.' 

The decorator who filmed the spray paint incident said he is in need of police protection after being threatened by furious neighbour.

Aaron Jones told The Sun: 'I posted the video and I'm sorry for that, and I feel for the lad's family.

'But I wasn't responsible for spraying him with paint - I just came out of the shop and took a video.'

Mr Jones also said the people to blame for Mr Cash's death were the people who 'funded his habit.'

The video has since been deleted.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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