A Coventry man has admitted killing another man who was visiting family in the city.

A murder investigation was launched after Thady Joe Higgins was punched by an off-road biker and suffered serious head injuries. He sadly never regained consciousness and later died in hospital.

The attack happened in Jubilee Crescent, Radford, on the evening of Tuesday, March 17 and police arrested 20-year-old James Rowley in the days after Mr Higgins’ death.

Rowley, of Bowness Close, Radford, was charged with murder, which he denied when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court earlier this year.

However, he was in the dock at the same court this week when he instead pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter, which was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

He will be sentenced on October 1.

Watch: Police cordon after the incident in Jubilee Crescent, Radford


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Following his tragic death in March, police revealed that 41-year-old Mr Higgins, from Bedford, had been visiting family in Coventry when he was killed.

Mr Higgins’ family described him as a “gentle giant” adding “he didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body”.

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