Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry man guilty of encouraging disorder during riots

Parked car alight
Image caption Cars were set alight and police attacked during the disorder in Cheylesmore

A man has been found guilty of encouraging disorder in Coventry during last summer's riots across England.

Coventry Crown Court heard Samuel Freeman, 26, from Bell Green, Coventry, sent text messages before disorder in Cheylesmore on 9 August, 2011.

Cars were set alight and police officers came under attack.

Two other men, Jermaine Lammy, 28, of Randall Street, Radford, and Jacob Brown, 22, of Bell Green, were found not guilty.

All three men were charged with encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, believing it to be committed.

After the verdict, Judge Robert Orme read out a list of previous offences that Freeman had been convicted of in recent years, including arson, common assault, battery, destruction of property and possession of an imitation firearm.

Freeman was released on bail and is due to be sentenced at a later date.

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