Tributes to man found in Banbury stairwell

16 March 2010, 17:43 | Updated: 17 March 2010, 06:49

The family of a 25 year old man found dead near flats in Banbury have released a tribute through police.

Paul Howkins was found with serious head injuries in a stairwell near Ruscote Arcade on Longelandes Way at 11pm on Monday 8 March 2010.

He was taken to Banbury's Horton Hospital, where he died a few hours later.

In the statement Paul's family say: "Paul was a beloved son, brother, uncle and nephew. In his short life, he was a real character and enjoyed life to the full.

"He loved his football and was an avid supporter of Manchester United since he was a young boy.

"The sudden death of Paul has had a devastating effect on his family and all those who knew him, there is not a day which goes by that he is not constantly thought of. Paul will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends

"We would ask that any person who knows any thing about the incident whereby Paul lost his young life, or has any information which may assist the police with their enquires, contact them without delay."

Antony Bebbington, 24, from Ruscote Arcade, Longelandes Way, has been charged with murdering Paul Howkins and appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Friday 12 March.