Man jailed for attempted murder of friend in Smith's Wood tower block - The Solihull Observer

Man jailed for attempted murder of friend in Smith's Wood tower block

Solihull Editorial 1st Mar, 2023   0

FIVE SOLIHULL men have been jailed over a ‘brutal’ attack on a man who was repeatedly stabbed and beaten with golf clubs in Smith’s Wood.

The man, who was 56 at the time, was hospitalised for several weeks after being ambushed in a tower block on October 2020.

West Midlands Police say he had fallen out with Adrian Molloy – a friend of 20 years – who later returned with other men to attack him.

Molloy, 53, of Brownfield Road, Shard End, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted murder, with an extended licence period of five years.




CCTV captured the attack which saw the victim stabbed 11 times and beaten with golf clubs by the group,

Molloy was arrested the day after the attack on suspicion of attempted murder.


Melvin Gourlay, 40, of Station Road, Solihull, was given 30 months for unlawful wounding and was also sentenced to 15 years for a triple wounding and other offences committed while on bail. His sentences will run concurrently.

Richard Hillas, 47, of Wellsford Avenue, Solihull, was sentenced to 26 months for unlawful wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

Thomas Henry, 31, of Station Road Solihull, got 22 months for unlawful wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

Molloy’s brother David Molloy, 46, of Station Road, Balsall Common, was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and will be sentenced at a later date.

Det Cons Keith Clarkson said: “This was a brutal and frightening assault in which Adrian Molloy intended to kill a man.

“The evidence clearly showed he had every intention of inflicting serious harm.

“The victim has endured a terrifying ordeal, the consequences of which will no doubt stay with him for the rest of his life.”

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