Ribena bottle helps catch thug after Sheldon attack - The Solihull Observer

Ribena bottle helps catch thug after Sheldon attack

Solihull Editorial 18th Mar, 2022   0

A SOLIHULL man has been jailed for his part in a machete attack after police found his DNA on a bottle of Ribena left at the scene.

Daniel Sidwell of Wheeley Road, Solihull was one of 16 men who turned up at an apartment block in Sheldon in August.

West Midlands Police say the men were looking for drugs and mistakenly thought the apartment block on Coventry Road – which was being renovated – housed some kind of cannabis factory.

The victim, a plumber, was working alone when the gang broke in.

He tried to barricade himself in a room to protect himself and was attacked with a machete and other weapons and nearly lost a thumb.

He eventually pretended to be unconscious to bring the attack to an end.

Police linked Sidwell to the attack by DNA found on the machete as well as a Ribena bottle he threw out of the car in which he drove to and from the apartment block.

The car had been insured just one hour before the incident.

Sidwell, 34, initially denied all involvement but eventually admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for five years and three months in connection with the attack.

He is the second person to be jailed over the incident

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