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Birmingham man charged with homeless murder

 
February 11th 2012
 

 

A 35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a homeless man following a vicious attack at a Birmingham bus stop. Richard Williams suffered fatal head injuries in the assault, which took place near the junction of Barford Road and Dudley Road, Winson Green, at midnight on 30 December. Paramedics battled to save Mr Williams’s life, but he later died in hospital.

Deputy Inspector Wayne Jones described the incident as “unprovoked and extremely ferocious”, adding: “I can’t see any reason why Richard was attacked, none at all. He was sat in the bus stop, possibly asleep, minding his own business. It could have been any one of us waiting in that bus stop.”

Russian Grigory Razgoniaev, of no fixed abode, is currently standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Mr Williams became known to a number of homeless hostels in the city after developing an addiction to alcohol.

The murdered man’s sister, Elaine Shipway, said: “He was a quiet, gentle man when he was not drinking, and had never hurt anyone physically in his entire life even when he was drinking.

“He was well-known and had friends in the area when he was homeless. He didn’t deserve to have his life ended in this violent way.”

 
 
 

February 2012

 

Contents

Birmingham man charged with homeless murder

Coventry City Council rubber-stamps cuts disguised as freezes

Birmingham winter shelter pilot

Homelessness on the rise in Nottingham

Christmas shelter welcomes homeless

Sleeping out for St Basil’s

Budget cuts threaten Scots homeless charity

‘Commonwealth grandmother’ still homeless

Pets need homes too, urges charity

Land of the free, homes for the brave

Government urged to make homelessness act a reality

New movie honours Scot who served homeless veterans

Behind a name

A Few Man Fridays

Hull in a handcart

Rough sleepers predicted to live longer - 47 is the new 42

Former US Marine arrested for homeless stabbing

Homeless people offered Spanish getaway

Funding boost for hostels

Bones in Bath wood

The target year - an end to rough sleeping in 2012

Hungary outlaws homelessness

Hungary outlaws homelessness

Nottingham hotline

Man dies on Ilford street

Stay safe!

Bin safety

 

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