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Man pleads guilty to the manslaughter of Bradd Darby in Nuneaton

James Lewis Norton, 30, from Nuneaton, has today (Thursday 31 January) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 30-year-old Bradd Darby.

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Violent disorder broke out following a disagreement between Norton, Bradd and three other men on the morning of 20 February 2018 in Vernon's Lane, Nuneaton.

Norton stabbed Bradd multiple times and he later died from his injuries in hospital.

Norton was arrested a short time later after being found in possession of the bloodied knife he had used to stab Bradd.

Norton was originally charged with Bradd's murder but today at Birmingham Crown Court today he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. This plea was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, causing grievous bodily harm, and unlawfully and maliciously inflicting a wound, in connection with injuries caused to others involved in the incident.

Charges of escaping lawful custody and possession of a tazer were left to lie on file.

Norton will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 22 March 2019.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Hill said: "This was a shocking incident in broad daylight that left a huge impact on the local community.

"This is another example of the consequences of carrying a knife. Norton's decision to carry a knife that day has left a young man dead and a grieving family.

"I only hope this serves as a warning to others."

The three other men involved in the incident have previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder. Dale Martin Barnwell, 31, of Attleborough Road, Nuneaton, Glenn Sean Darby, 52, of Abbotsford Road, Nuneaton, and Sam Stretton, 25, of Aberdeen Road, Nuneaton, are all awaiting sentencing.


Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 31/01/19