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Machete attack: One man cleared but guilty co-defendant faces long prison sentence

There were emotional scenes in court as jurors delivered different verdicts for two defendants accused a vicious machete attack.

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Joshua Francis celebrates with his girlfriend outside court

Myckel Betty was found guilty of wounding Jake Winters in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, in the summer of 2022, but co-defendant Joshua Francis burst into tears of joy and his family and friends erupted in applause when not guilty verdicts were returned for him.

In response, Betty's friends and family screamed "this is disgusting, it is all your fault" at Francis.

Betty, 21, had previously pleaded guilty to wounding and possessing a machete in connection with the attack on June 23, 2022.

Jake Winters suffered life changing injuries after sustaining a machete blow to the hand and his friend Dan Sheridan was also injured in the disorder.

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