He is said to have declined treatment at first but later went to hospital with a broken nose and facial injuries, but died the next day. Lancashire Police said a post mortem cited the cause of death as bleeding after nose fractures consistent with an assault. Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, has been charged with Mr Fishwick’s manslaughter.
The Syrian student, from Preston, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth when he made a brief appearance in the dock at the city’s Magistrates’ Court. Holly Holden, prosecuting, told the court that “community tensions” had been raised in the area as a result of the ex-serviceman’s death.
No pleas were entered during the hearing and there was no application for bail.
Remanding Al Aaraj in custody, district judge Jane Hamilton told him: “This is a serious matter and can only be dealt with by a judge and jury at Crown Court.
“I’m transferring this matter now to the Crown Court where you will appear on October 12.”
Al Aaraj will appear before the higher court by video link from prison.
Mr Fishwick served with the Corps of Royal Engineers and worked for vehicle manufacturers British Leyland before retiring. His family described him as an “adored father and grandfather”.
They added: “He was well-liked by his friends, offered a helping hand when needed and his humour brought cheer to many.”
Det Chief Insp Mark Haworth-Oates said: “First and foremost our thoughts remain with Mr Fishwick’s family, who continue to be looked after by specialist officers.
“Our inquiries are very much ongoing, and we have now charged a man in relation to this incident.
“However, we are continuing to ask witnesses to come forward.
“If you saw the incident or have any information about who was involved and what happened, please let us know.
“Similarly, if you have any dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage showing what happened, please tell us.”
Anybody with information is asked to get in touch by dialling 101, quoting log 879 of September 10.
A spokesman for Lanc-ashire Police said that the force has reported itself to officials at the Independent Office for Police Conduct in connection with the death of Mr Fishwick.