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29th Nov, 2021

Solihull man jailed after bottle attack in town centre

Sarah Mason 1st Nov, 2021

A MAN has been jailed after attacking another man with a broken beer bottle in Solihull.

Simon Wright, aged 32, was out with friends in Solihull town centre on the evening in February 2020 when he carried out the viscous and unprovoked attack.

The man, in his 30s, had been socialising with friends when they met Wright in a club.

Others were known to each other but Wright and the man he assaulted had never met previously.

The two men were thrown out of the club after getting into a verbal fight.

They headed off to get taxis but another disagreement took place during which Wright produced a glass bottle which he smashed before thrusting it at the other man’s throat.

The injured man was taken to hospital where he required surgery for a nasty cut to this throat.

During the investigation, police looked at CCTV and Wright’s friends gave statements.

Wright was subsequently arrested, he gave a pre-prepared statement in which he denied using a weapon, but admitted being in fight, he said he acted in self-defence.

Wright from Yorkminster Drive, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty to assault at Birmingham Crown Court and was was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

DC David Spencer, from force CID, said: “This was a really nasty unprovoked attack on a man enjoying a night out with friends.

“I hope this outcome offers some comfort to him as he continues to come to terms with what happened.

“Violence is a force priority and we’re committed to robustly dealing with people who are intent on causing harm.

“We’re also doing work around better understanding the root causes of why people are being violent towards each other, particularly among the under 25s.

“We are playing our part in tackling knife crime, from operational activity aimed at reducing the number of knives on our streets to educational inputs in schools.”

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