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Showing 1 - 10 of 59 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "West Midlands"

Mother and partner convicted for the death of Kaylee-Jayde Priest

The mother of a three-year-old girl who died after suffering severe injuries has been convicted of her manslaughter along with her partner.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Defendants sentenced for killing Shane Mayer

Three men have been jailed after a man was fatally stabbed with a sword outside a Darlaston pub in July 2019.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

CPS statement following Zephaniah McLeod's manslaughter plea

Zephaniah McLeod has today (28 June 2021) entered a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Birmingham Crown Court.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Husband charged with 1982 murder of wife

The CPS has authorised West Mercia Police to charge David Venables with the murder of his wife Brenda Venables, who was reported missing in May 1982.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Mother jailed for life-changing injuries on baby daughter

A mother who inflicted severe injuries on her baby, causing permanent brain damage, has been jailed for 14 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Five men convicted of the murder of Reece Cox

Five men have been found guilty of the murder of Reece Cox.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

CPS statement on Gareeca Gordon sentencing

Gareeca Gordon, 28, was sentenced today (Tuesday 4 May 2021) at Bristol Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years and six months for the murder and dismemberment of 28-year-old Phoenix Netts. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Brinsford prisoner sentenced for ‘one punch’ death

An inmate who killed a fellow inmate with a single punch has been sentenced to 39 months' imprisonment.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Woman pleads guilty to murder and dismemberment

A woman has pleaded guilty to the murder and dismemberment of 28-year-old Phoenix Netts.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

Killer jailed for life after stabbing pensioner to death

A man has been jailed for life after stabbing a 70-year-old to death in a random attack at a Shropshire beauty spot.

| Press Release , Violent crime , West Midlands News

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