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Man jailed for attempted murder following botched robbery

A Leamington man has been jailed for 17 years for a botched robbery in Coventry, which left another man’s arm nearly severed from a shotgun blast.

Liam Timms, who was sentenced on Friday 5 May at Warwickshire Justice Centre, was found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.  A second man who was charged with with the same offences, 30-year-old Jason Cornwall, was found not guilty. 

The shooting took place on a secluded section of Coat of Arms Bridge Road in Coventry, after Timms attempted to rob his victim of a bracelet and mobile phone. The 22-year-old was left with extensive injuries to his right arm and left thigh with peppering from the shotgun and a pellet to his chest and another one lodged in his liver.

CCTV shows 23-year-old Timms, from Leycester Close, Leamington Spa, visiting Warwick Hospital’s A&E department with significant hand injuries twelve minutes after the shooting, which he claimed had been caused by a firework. This later turned out to be false when an x-ray of his hand found it to be full of metal fragments from shotgun pellets. He left before police arrived and was later found at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham seeking treatment for the injury using a fake name.

Forensic examination of the scene revealed traces of Timms’ blood on the road and he was seen driving a black Seat Leon shortly before the shooting - the same make and model of car that was found burnt out the day after the incident - with a shotgun cartridge inside.

Detective Constable Aman Hundal, from West Midlands Police’s Force CID, said:  “Timms denied his involvement in the shooting from the very beginning, but thankfully the jury saw through his lies. 

“We’re pleased that his sentence reflects the serious nature of his crime and as a result a dangerous man has been taken off the streets of the West Midlands.” 

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