Guilty verdict on Tipton pub brawl murder

09/07/2013

A 32-year-old man has been found guilty of murder following a pub brawl which left one man dead and another man injured.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Dominic Fraser was part of a group of men who attacked Kevin Hadley junior and his father on 16 October 2012 in the Lounge Bar, Tipton. Mr Hadley junior died from his injuries.

At an earlier hearing, Shazad Ali, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter; Hafizur Raham, 30, pleaded guilty to using threatening language; Sadaquat Ali, 32, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm; and Roy Cross, 30, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The victim and his father had visited a bar in Tipton to have an evening drink and play a game of pool. At the same time, Dominic Fraser and his co-defendants were also in the bar having a drink.

"A dispute took place around the pool table and it was at this stage when all of the defendants confronted the victims and a fight broke out.

"During the melee, both of the victims were attacked and pushed to the ground and it was at this stage that Fraser repeatedly stamped on the victim's head with extreme force.

"What happened can only be described as gratuitous violence which resulted in one man being rendered unconscious and the other receiving serious injuries from which he died.

"Due to the ferocity of the attack on the victim, post-mortem examination revealed a distinct pattern of a sole of a shoe which was found on the deceased's face. On his arrest, a pair of trainers with a very similar sole pattern was later recovered from Fraser.

"Our thoughts are today with Mr Hadley junior's friends and family and we hope that today's verdict can bring a sense of closure on this very tragic incident."