The violent pub and club attacks so savage that the thugs had to be jailed

From a pensioner ruthlessly headbutted to a ‘cheap shot’ punch which turned out to be deadly – some of our most popular pubs and nightclubs have become the scene for brutal violence in recent years. They are supposed to be the venues where friends socialize and catch up to have a good time, but alcohol and bruised egos make for a volatile cocktail.

This year a number of people have been sentenced for vicious attacks at well-known nightspots in Birmingham and the Black Country. Such incidents are a nightmare for the venues themselves which find themselves unfairly but inevitably tarnished.

We have rounded up some of the main cases below which all resulted in immediate jail sentences due to the severity of the attack. Tragically, on more than one occasion the outcome was the loss of a life causing devastation for families who saw their loved ones go out to enjoy themselves but never return home.

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Zechelle Reid



Zechelle Reid

A large crowd outside Digbeth’s Lab 11 nightclub witnessed a murder unfold before their very eyes thanks to Zechelle Reid, who killed a man for supposedly ‘disrespecting’ him. CCTV captured the knifeman ‘mouth’ something at Jason Bentley-Morrison who threw a punch at him in apparent retaliation.

The two squared off against each other in the street as a large gathering followed them across the road. At one stage the 25-year-old victim was knocked to the floor and when witnesses tended to him they saw he had been stabbed to the abdomen, which proved to be fatal.

Reid was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years. Full story here

Jason Delaney



Jason Delaney made threats to blow up police during seige
Jason Delaney

Jason Delaney sparked a police siege after attacking a pensioner in the Sportsmans Rest pub in Kingstanding. He later told officers lying in wait outside his home that he had a hand grenade and a machine gun. Delaney headbutted the 72-year-old victim for supposedly refusing to disclose the whereabouts of a convicted sex offender he was looking for.

The victim also had his head slashed by another attacker as he lay on the floor. When police tracked Delaney to his home they were handed a phone, over which he claimed to be ‘dangerous’ and that he would ‘blow you all up’. The 49-year-old of Newstead Road, Kingstanding admitted wounding with intent and making threats to kill.

He was jailed for five years. Full story here

Jack Richardson



Jack Richardson
Jack Richardson

Jack Richardson used his car as a weapon as he drove into a crowd of people outside the Gigmill pub in Stoubridge, leaving a pregnant woman trapped under the vehicle’s spinning wheel. At first the jilted 25-year-old shot a BB gun at his ex-girlfriend’s new partner before plowing his Volvo into the group of people where he was standing.

His primary target suffered a broken ankle in the incident. Richardson, of West Street, Stourbridge, admitted two counts of grievous bodily harm, two counts of actual bodily harm, possession of an imitation firearm with intent, possession of cannabis and driving without insurance.

He was sentenced to five years in prison. Full story here

Thomas McDermott



Thomas McDermott
Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott punched a man so hard he lost his hearing in one ear. He struck the victim, in his 20s, from behind at a bar in Acocks Green breaking his jaw, his teeth and causing a bleed on the brain.

The unprovoked attack also knocked him unconscious. McDermott, aged 29, of Brays Road, Sheldon, handed himself in after police released a media appeal featuring his image. He admitted wounding and was jailed for four years. Full story here

Matthew Mahony



Killer Matthew Mahony
Matthew Mahony

Birmingham city center revelers were left horror-struck after a man was killed with a single deadly punch outside the Slug and Lettuce. There had been disorder inside the Brindleyplace bar earlier in the night as Matthew Carroll, aged 50, celebrated his son’s birthday.

Further trouble ensued later in the night as they went outside the venue. Matthew Mahony was among the crowd and despite not having been present inside the Slug and Lettuce earlier he targeted Mr Carroll and delivered a ‘cheap shot’ punch to his face which broke his jaw and knocked him to the ground.

The blow proved to be fatal. Mahony, in his 30s and from Edgbaston, admitted manslaughter but his claims that he acted in the defense of his friends were rejected. He was jailed for five years. Full story here

Ravinder Soni



Ravinder Soni injured three bouncers who were hit by a car
Ravinder Soni

Ravinder Soni and an accomplice plowed a car into three bouncers – after Soni had his phone taken from him earlier in the night. The 31-year-old was involved in an incident with doorman at the Floodgate Bar in Digbeth.

Around 40 minutes later he returned to hunt them down with the other man. The first security guard was hit at speed by their Audi before the pair got out and struck him with baseball bats.

Two of the victim’s colleagues came to assist and pulled the victim towards a fence but the Audi returned and drove into them as well, pinning one of them against a wall and a shutter. Soni, of Knightlow Road, Harborne, admitted wounding with intent, inflicting grievous bodily harm, assault and possessing an offensive weapon. He was jailed for eight years. Full story here

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