Hereford & Worcester

Nigel Shakespeare death: Teenager guilty of manslaughter

Nigel Shakespeare Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Nigel Shakespeare, 50, died in hospital from serious head injuries

A teenager has been found guilty of killing a man as he walked home from a pub in Worcestershire.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Nigel Shakespeare in Redditch last February.

A jury at Worcester Crown Court also found Adam Haylor, 18, of Bushley Close, Redditch, guilty of assault but cleared him of manslaughter.

The pair will reappear at the court for sentencing on 17 February.

Colin Mahon, 18, of Farm Road, Redditch, was found not guilty of manslaughter.

All three had denied the charges.

'Substantial sentences'

West Mercia Police said Nigel Shakespeare was with his partner in Sillins Avenue, Redditch, at about 00:25 GMT on 24 February having left the Kings Arms pub.

Mr Shakespeare challenged the group of youths after one of them insulted him, police said.

The 50-year-old was punched and kicked to the floor and hit the back of his head on the ground, losing consciousness.

He was taken to the town's Alexandra Hospital with a fractured skull and serious head injuries.

He was transferred to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry where his life support machine was later switched off.

Judge Robert Juckes QC adjourned sentencing until 17 February but warned the 17-year-old and Haylor, 18, that they faced "substantial" sentences.

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