Man sentenced to life for murder at boxing event

18/07/2012

Paul McAteer was today sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 20 years, at Birmingham Crown Court for the murder of an innocent bystander who was stabbed to death at a boxing competition which was being held in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham last year.

Paul McAteer, aged 32 was found guilty yesterday of murder and conspiracy to cause GBH with intent and Liam Cole, 29 was found guilty of causing GBH with intent. A third man, Scott Smith, 40 was cleared of all charges.

Cole was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Suzanne Llewellyn, Senior Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "The events at St Anne's Catholic Centre, Chelmsley Wood, on 20 November 201, tragically resulted in the death of Harry Broadhurst, who along with other spectators and their families were out to enjoy and watch a local boxing competition.

"With balaclavas on, Paul McAteer and Liam Cole entered the venue as they had decided to use this event to resolve a family dispute, which ultimately led to Mr Broadhurst being stabbed. He was later taken to Heartlands hospital where he died from a single knife wound to the abdomen.

"The men then fled the city, but they eventually handed themselves in to the police and they were later charged.

"The CPS accepts that the jury, having considered the evidence, found that Paul McAteer alone was responsible for the murder of Harry Broadhurst.

"We would like to take this opportunity of thanking those witnesses who were prepared to give evidence in the trial to ensure that the full facts would be before the court.

"The thoughts of the prosecution are with the family."