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Man guilty of murdering businessman Harry Broadhurst

Harry Broadhurst- picture from West Midlands Police
Image caption Harry Broadhurst was stabbed in the abdomen

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 22-year-old businessman outside a West Midlands social club.

Harry Broadhurst, of Warwickshire, was stabbed to death in Chelmsley Wood, as a result of another family's feud, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Paul McAteer, 32, of Kitts Green, was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Liam Cole, 28, of Shard End, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm but not guilty of murder.

Both men were found not guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent.

McAteer and Cole are expected to be sentenced at the court on Wednesday.

A third defendant, Scott Smith, 40, of no fixed address, was acquitted of all three charges.

'Tragic case'

McAteer, of Crossfield Road, had gone to St Anne's Social Club on 20 November, 2011, to help attack Cole's father Eamon Crawford, jurors heard.

Image caption Paul McAteer went to the social club "looking for trouble", police said

It followed a long-running dispute over child support payments and because Mr Crawford failed to recognise Mr Cole, of Nearmore Road, as his son, jurors heard.

Mr Broadhurst, an entrepreneur from Henley in Arden, was unknown to McAteer but was caught up in an incident which broke out in Nine Acres Drive.

He died after vital organs were severed, jurors heard.

Mr Crawford and another man were wounded in the incident.

Det Insp Buck Rogers, from West Midlands Police, said the force welcomed the convictions.

"This has been a tragic case. Harry, a young successful businessman, had the rest of his life ahead of him," he said.

"The men had turned up at the social club looking for trouble.

"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."

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