Man sentenced for Nuneaton manslaughter

Friday, 22nd March 2019

A 30-year-old man has today been given an order to detain him in a hospital after previously pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Bradd Darby in February last year.

James Lewis Norton from Nuneaton appeared before Birmingham Crown Court this morning (Friday 22 March) to be sentenced after previously pleading guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility, possession of an offensive weapon, causing grievous bodily harm, and unlawfully and maliciously inflicting a wound.

Norton stabbed Bradd to death following an altercation between the two men and three other men on 20 February 2018 in Vernon’s Lane, Nuneaton.

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The detention order has no limit in time which means that Norton will be held in a secure hospital indefinitely. He will only be released on the order of a judge sitting on a mental health panel.

The three other men involved in the incident previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

  • Dale Martin Barnwell, 31, of Attleborough Road, Nuneaton, was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years, given a curfew and ordered to do unpaid work.
  • Glenn Sean Darby, 52, of Ashford Road, Nuneaton, was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years, given a curfew and ordered to do unpaid work.
  • Sam Stretton, 25, of Aberdeen Road, Nuneaton, failed to appear at court for sentencing and a warrant is out for his arrest.

Detective Constable Justin Brown from the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit said: “Our thoughts remain with Bradd’s family; his loss has left a huge hole in their lives.

“I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved in responding to and investigating this incident. From the moment it occurred, they have worked tirelessly to secure this conviction.”

Anyone with information that could help police locate Sam Stretton should call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.