Several men tried to attack a man in court who is charged with killing a Birmingham father-of-two.
Amid chaotic scenes at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates’ Court, several men tried to jump in to the dock to attack defendant Kevin O’Keefe who is charged with the murder of 34-year-old Lee Wellard.
As soon as the 47-year-old defendant appeared, threats echoed around the court from people in the public gallery.
Police and security guards had to forcibly remove those causing a disturbance from the courtroom. In the scuffles that followed outside the courtroom, one person was arrested.
O’Keefe, from Lakes Road, Erdington, is charged with stabbing Mr Wellard once through the neck with a knife at a party on Saturday morning.
O’Keefe was refused bail by the magistrates and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.