Three convicted over attack which left man with serious head injury - The Solihull Observer

Three convicted over attack which left man with serious head injury

Solihull Editorial 9th Jul, 2024   0

A TRIO of men have been convicted over an attack in Acocks Green which left another man with a serious head injury.

Nathan Gayle, Thomas Freeman, and Chad Thompson were involved in violence in School Road in September 2019.

The three went on a coach trip to Blackpool and on the way back to Birmingham the driver reported multiple issues to his colleagues, including threats being made and glass bottles being smashed.

West Midlands Police said the driver asked if a colleague could meet him at the end of the journey to ensure his safety.

However, after arriving back Gayle, aged 33, Freeman, 36, and Thompson, 34, attacked the coach driver and his 19-year-old colleague was hit with a pick axe handle. The teenager sustained a traumatic brain injury which he is still recovering from today.




Following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Gayle, from Birmingham, and Thompson, of no fixed address, were both found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing an offensive weapon.

Freeman, from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and the three men will be sentenced on August 15.


Thompson was found guilty in his absence and is now wanted for failing to attend court.

Anyone who sees Thompson should call 999 immediately, quoting crime reference 20BE/230362B/19.

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