Jealous Birmingham boyfriend ‘used van as weapon’ to plow into six people outside pub

A drunken and jealous man used his van as a weapon to try and crush six people outside a pub in Birmingham in an act of revenge. Bradley Davies’ victims included his girlfriend and her father who had been attending a children’s party.

Davies, 26, of Meaton Grove, Bartley Green, had previously admitted six charges of attempting wounding with intent and dangerous driving. He was also guilty to resisting a constable, racially aggravated criminal damage, racially aggravated public disorder offence and causing harassment alarm and distress in relation to another incident.

He was jailed for six years and 10 months and disqualified from driving for 89 months. Birmingham Crown Court heard that the defendant had been in an 11 year relationship with his girlfriend and had been contacting her constantly over the course of a weekend.

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Matters culminated when he then went to the Lickey Banker public house in Rubery at around 7pm on November 14 where she was with members of her family including her father. He had earlier made a threat to kill her and to “sort her father out” claiming he wanted to slit his throat.

In passing sentence, Judge Dean Kershaw said: “You are without doubt an extremely jealous man. That is clear from the messages you sent to her. It is clear that there was an intention you harboured to cause real violence.”

He went on: “You tried to attack her father. You poured a drink over him and you attempted to use the glass on him. You were ejected from the premises by others.

“You were incensed about what had happened. You, yourself had been hurt. You were humiliated. You got in your transit van and drove it back to the public house.

“You drove it forward and reversed it causing damage, you drove into these people effectively trying to crush them against a wall.”

The judge said Davies had braked moments before striking them before driving at them again and that his speed had been more than a walking pace. He said the defendant had also caused severe damage to the pub and that he had tried to escape when police police.

The victims suffered injuries to different parts of their bodies with one having to be treated for chipped ankle bone and another for cracked ribs. Judge Kershaw said: “You used your transit van as a weapon. This was an act of revenge.”

Jas Mann, defending, said: “When he went to the public house Davies had no intention of causing injury to anybody. Intemperate remarks were made by him.” He said that the defendant had drunk between 15 and 20 pints of beer.

Mr Mann said Davies was concerned about his wallet going missing and that he had “overreacted.” he continued “Luckily there was limited injury and limited damage.”

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