Paul McAteer found guilty of stabbing businessman Harry Broadhurst to death

 

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A man has been found guilty of killing a 22-year-old businessman who was stabbed during a disturbance outside a social club.

Paul McAteer, 32, was convicted of the murder of Harry Broadhurst by a 10-2 majority verdict following a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Jurors also found Liam Cole, 29, guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to violence which erupted in Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands, on November 20 last year.

Mr Broadhurst, who was a stranger to those involved in the brawl, died after being knifed in the abdomen while attending a charity boxing night.

Two other victims were injured with a machete and a hammer during the violence - which stemmed from a family dispute - near St Anne's Catholic Centre.

McAteer, of Crossfield Road, Kitts Green, and Cole, of Nearmore Road, Shard End, both Birmingham, will be sentenced tomorrow.

Cole was cleared of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, while a third defendant, 40-year-old Scott Smith, of no fixed abode, was cleared of murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit wounding.

Mr Broadhurst, from Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, was described by police after the case as an entrepreneur with the rest of his life ahead of him.

Detective Inspector Buck Rogers, of West Midlands Police, said after the verdicts: "This has been a tragic case.

"On the night in question a boxing competition was being held and the club was very busy.

"There were young families in attendance and the scene must have been a frightening one for all concerned.

"Our thoughts are with Harry's parents and family at this time."