Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have had a request for legal aid granted just days before inquest proceedings into the 1974 terror attacks are due to get under way.
Boy, 13, Guilty Of Murdering Smethwick Woman
A 13-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering a woman who died of a bleed on the brain after a street attack in Smethwick.
The boy, who cannot be named because of a court order, was found guilty of killing Glynis Bensley after a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
A jury also convicted Zoheb Majid, 20, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, of robbery and manslaughter.
Ms Bensley, 47, was on her way home from a pub in Smethwick in September last year when she was mugged and injured in Cheshire Road.
The victim was hit by the 13-year-old, making her fall to the ground, before he stamped on her face with such force that his footprint was left on her cheek.
Speaking after the jury returned its verdicts, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Ridding said: ``It was clearly the joint intention of the pair to use violence on anyone they targeted.
``Ms Bensley was tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time.''
Both defendants will be sentenced at the same court on April 17.
A drug dealer from Birmingham who went on the run almost a decade's been jailed for more than 4 and a half years.
Kenichi Philips was shot dead as he sat in a parked car in Ladywood in March.
Jamaican born Douane Brown will spend at least 21 years in jail for the killing.
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