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Watch: 'It's been hell but I am free now' says man cleared of machete attack

Joshua Francis faced years locked away from his girlfriend and baby daughter.

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On trial for two nasty wounding charges and possessing a machete, Mr Francis spent nearly a month in a dock at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

However, yesterday the 23-year-old was found not guilty by a jury.

He spoke exclusively to the Express & Star after being found not guilty.

He said: "I can't believe it, for two years it has been hell. And for the jury who cleared me, thanks so much. I will never be in court again, I just want to provide for my daughter."

Mr Francis was accused of wounding two men in Ashmore Park in June 2022.

His co-defendant Myckel Betty, 23, of Stoke, was found guilty of wounding, and had previously been found guilty of wounding and possessing a machete.

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