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Man stabs bar doorman in the heart after being refused entry because he was holding a full can of beer

By Mason White 10:59 AM December 12, 2014
Craig Birch 

By: Feng Qian
A man went into a rage after being denied entry into a bar, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the 31-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for stabbing a doorman through the heart after being denied entry to a Wolverhampton pub.

Craig Birch was found guilty of wounding with intent at the Wolverhampton Crown Court. The court heard how Birch left the Malt Shovel pub and tried to get into the Harp Inn.

Birch was refused entry by the 38-year-old victim, who took the pub security job to help put his young son through private school.

Birch was still carrying a bottle of beer from the previous pub. During a scuffle between the two, Birch stabbed the family man once in the chest, piercing his heart.

“The stab wound, which was around 10 centimeters deep, required a life-saving heart operation,” said Detective Sergeant Indi Basra from Force CID.

The victim also suffered bleeding on the brain.

“They were shocking injuries from which the victim is likely to be affected by for the rest of his life. It happened because Birch took offense to being asked to finish his drink before coming in the pub,” Basra said.

Witnesses and surveillance video evidence from the scene all identified Birch of Inkerman Street, Wolverhampton, as being involved in the altercation with the doorman before he was seen collapsing in a pool of blood.

Birch was arrested three days later, and following forensic examinations, the victim’s blood was found on his shoes.