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Coventry man jailed for nightclub attack

Sean Maher Credit: West Midlands Police

A Coventry man has been jailed for 12 years after a stabbing in a nightclub.

The attack happened at Bar S7ven Nightclub in Coventry city centre on Monday 4 June last year after a disagreement between the 25-year-old victim and another man who was friends with Maher.

The court heard that the victim became involved in a heated argument with the man and 25-year-old Maher then stepped in and stabbed him in the stomach with the 12"-18" long blade.

After the attack he managed to run off and collapsed near to a local supermarket where he was found by paramedics with his intestines exposed. He was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries and has now made a full recovery.

A major investigation was launched and Maher later handed himself in to Willenhall Police Station and was arrested and charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm - but he denied carrying out the attack.

However, after the five-day trial he was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court and jailed on Friday 22 November.


Knife crime in West Midlands is 'falling'

West Midlands Police say that knife crime in the region has fallen since 2008. Sergeant Mike Griffiths was speaking after a 21-year-old man was sentenced to life today for stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death with a hunting knife in April this year.

Knife crime in the West Midlands is falling with 1,445 fewer offences in 2011 to 2012 compared to the same period in 2008 to 2009. However, just one victim is one too many and West Midlands Police remains committed to driving knife crime down even further.

Anyone found to be carrying a knife in a public place could face a prison sentence of at least four years.

Stabbing shows 'catastrophic consequences of carrying a knife'

West Midlands Police say the stabbing of a step-father in April demonstrates the terrible consequences of carrying a knife. 21-year-old Luke Ayres was sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.

Ayres habitually carried the knife claiming it was 'for protection'. However, anyone who carries a knife runs the risk of seriously injuring themselves or others and this case demonstrates the catastrophic consequences of carrying a knife.

He admitted unlawfully killing Mr Wye; psychiatric experts diagnosed him as suffering from mental illness at the time of the killing so his plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility has been accepted by the prosecution.

– Sergeant Mike Griffiths, West Midlands Police

Jealous boyfriend sentenced to life over fatal stabbing

A 21-year-old man who said he carried a knife around for ‘protection’ has been sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.

Luke Ayres stabbed 41-year-old Marcus Wye eight times, including a fatal blow that pierced his heart as a longstanding feud between the two ended in the stairwell of a block of flats in Druids Heath, Birmingham.

Ayres admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility today and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with an indeterminate sentence.

Mr Wye was found by police on April 5 this year in the communal area of his eighth-floor flat at Drews House, Netheravon Close. Despite officers and paramedics providing emergency first aid he was declared dead just after 10.30pm.

Ayres, who regularly carried a knife around claiming it was "for protection" had previous altercations with Mr Wye on numerous occasions in the past.

Armed police stopped Ayres in Redhill Road, West Heath, shortly after the stabbing where he was found to have traces of blood on his jeans. Police later recovered a hunting knife with a four-inch blade, believed to be the murder weapon.

Police appeal for witnesses of West Brom attack

West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was slashed with a knife in Sandwell Valley Park just after 5am on Friday 23rd August.

Johnathon Kendall was charged with one count of wounding and appeared at Warley Magistrates Court on the 24th August.

The 30-year-old, from Hallam Street, West Bromwich, was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 4th November.

Detectives are eager to speak with a jogger who spoke to the victim of the incident shortly after it took place.


Stabbed officer honoured for bravery

A police officer who was stabbed while trying to tackle a knife-wielding man at a mosque in Birmingham, has been honoured for his overall bravery on duty.

PC Adam Koch, suffered multiple knife wounds when he confronted the man who allegedly stabbed three members of the congregation at the mosque in Ward End at the weekend. PC Koch has already paid tribute to the worshippers who helped him overpower the man.

Passers-by gave first aid to victims of double stabbing

Passers-by gave first aid to each of the two men who were stabbed to death in Birmingham city centre this evening Credit: ITV Central

Passers-by gave first aid to the two victims of a double stabbing that happened in Birmingham city centre this evening.

The Ambulance Service say a number of emergency calls were received from members of the public shortly before 6.00pm this evening.

Medics including two doctors and three ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find "excellent first aid being given by police and passers-by".

Both men suffered cardiac arrests despite "advanced life support" given to both victims by medics. The men believed to be in their 40s were pronounced dead at the scene.

One man was arrested minutes after the stabbings, of which police say there were "potentially hundreds of witnesses".

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