Thugs jailed over Solihull pub attack on grieving man

A pair of drunk thugs who subjected a grieving man to a ‘vicious’ pub attack shortly after his brother’s funeral have been jailed.

Lester Beeson, 61, was sharing a quiet drink with friend Kevin Morgan at the Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull, after laying his brother to rest.

But when he asked a group of drunken louts on the next table to be quiet he was pelted with a banana skin and plastic shot glass.

When Mr Morgan stepped in to intervene, he was subjected to a violent attack by Reiss Johnson, 27, and Daniel Stirling, 22.

Dad-of-two Johnson then went on to attack grieving Mr Beeson, punching him to the floor and stamping on his face.

Birmingham Crown Court heard callous Johnson, of New Summer Street, Newtown, even sat down to finish his drink after the bloody attack.

He was jailed for 16 months after admitting two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Stirling, of Guernsey Drive, Smithswood, was jailed for six months after admitting the same charge against just Mr Morgan.

Footage of the sickening violence was released by police in a bid to track down Johnson and Stirling last May.

Jailing the pair, Recorder Simon Ward said: “ I take the view anyone who attacks somebody in a public house without provocation as you two did on the video simply has to go to prison.

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Off-duty doorman jailed for stamping on reveller’s head

Tony Henson - Image from West Midlands Police
Tony Henson – Image from West Midlands Police

An off-duty doorman has been jailed after he dragged a reveller from a Broad Street club and stamped on his head.

Tony Henson, 31, left victim Stephen Hartland with a fractured scull which led to a permanent loss of hearing in his left ear.

In a devastating victim statement, Mr Hartland said he had been unable to return to work since the attack last February on Birmingham’s Broad Street.

He said he had since been forced to move back in with his mum and was surviving on disability living allowance.

James Keeley, defending, said Henson, now of Badgers Avenue, Crewe, was of previous good character and pleaded for a suspended sentence to be passed.

But jailing him for 27 months Judge Mary Stacey said; “In all other respects there is so much about you that is praiseworthy and creditworthy.

“But for the unprovoked stamping on someone’s face with life changing consequences I just can not suspend the term of imprisonment.”

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Jailed: Amphetamine user who imprisoned Digbeth charity staff

Michal Malecki – picture from West Midlands Police


A drug user who sparked a five hour siege when he took two charity workers hostage in Birmingham city centre has been jailed.

High on amphetamines, Michal Malecki, 31, was seen acting bizarrely on Digbeth High Street in the minutes before he took staff at Bita Pathways office captive on August 19.

As he was jailed for four-years-and-three-months at Birmingham Crown Court (Dec 17) it was heard he slashed one worker with a pair of scissors.

He made two cuts to her arm in full view of armed police who had surrounded the Alcester Street office.

Judge Philip Parker QC told Malecki, of no fixed address:  “I obviously acknowledge the reason these offences occurred was because of your mental health suffering at the time.

“You did not appreciate the harm you were doing.

“On the other hand the major reason you were unbalanced at the time was because you were taking illegal drugs.

“You did not appreciate the amphetamines you took would go on to cause such an acute episode.

“You falsely imprisoned these two ladies believing you were under threat.

“You held the ladies captive for three-and-a-half hours and demanded police be called which they were.

“You were abusive towards the ladies, threatening, and ultimately when police were there deliberately wounded Fiona Coakley, cutting her arm twice with a pair of scissors.”

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Thief stabbed Solihull householder with screwdriver after being chased with a hammer


A thief caught raiding cars on a Solihull street stabbed a resident in the leg in a desperate bid to escape arrest.

Stephen Hatton, 24, from Stechford, was stealing from vehicles on The Crescent, Shirley, Solihull, when he was confronted by resident Geoge Kobzaru.

Worried he might be attacked, Mr Kobzaru had armed himself with a hammer before challenging Hatton at around 4.30am on March 28.

In footage shown at Birmingham Crown Court, Mr Kobzaru was seen chasing a terrified Hatton who climbed over and on top of cars as he tried to escape.

But it was when he reached a stolen Toyota Yaris he used to drive to the scene that a scuffle took place and he stabbed Mr Kobzaru twice in the leg with a screwdriver.

Even then the thief tried to escape on foot but was chased by another resident of the quiet street and eventually police.

Hatton pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, theft, interference with a vehicle, driving while disqualified, with no insurance and no licence.

Jailing him for nine months, Recorder Edward Coke told Hatton: “I have watched the footage.

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Throttling hands classed as weapons by Birmingham judge.

A judge sitting at Birmingham Crown Court has ruled, for the first time in my experience, that using hands to throttle a victim is akin to using a weapon.

Anthony Adamson, 28, was appearing for sentence after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

In an attack on his ex-girlfriend at their Netheravon Close flat, in Druids Heath, Adamson threatened to carve up and bite his terrified partner on June 23.

He went on to punch her repeatedly to the head, ripping out an eye-piercing in the process, before dragging her to the floor and throttling her.

In the context of domestic violence cases I’ve seen, throttling is fairly common. I don’t know what it is about blokes who batter their partners, they always seem to go for the jugular.

What was unusual about this case was the suggestion from the judge, His Honour Judge Paul Farrer QC, that by throttling his partner in this way, Adamson had in fact used a weapon i.e his hands.

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