One of two drunken brothers who attacked a father-of-two after bursting into a quiet New Year’s Eve family party, has been jailed.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the defendants Adam and John Ashworth, whose own solicitor said they had behaved like yobs, had set about victim Daniel Tillotson in his sister’s home, while his two young children were in the house.
John Ashworth, who had realised his relationship with his girlfriend was ending and was looking for her, kicked in the door and assaulted the victim.
In the trouble that followed, his brother, armed with a metal tube, joined in and hit the victim.
The defendants, who have both since become fathers, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
John Ashworth, 23, of Water Street, Accrington, also pleaded guilty to damage.
Adam Ashworth, 19, of King Street, Great Harwood, was sent to detention for nine months. John Ashworth, who had already served 69 days on remand, was given an 18 month community order, with supervision and the controlling anger and learning to manage it and addressing substance related offending programmes. Both have criminal records.
Recorder David Knifton told the pair they had behaved in a despicable manner.
The hearing was told that following the attack Mr Tillotson went to hospital to have treatment on a bruised shoulder which was put in a sling. He also had two welts on his back. Both brothers were arrested.
Adam Ashworth made no comment, but gave a prepared statement, denying the assault. His co-defendant claimed he had just kicked the door.
Daniel King, for both brothers, said their behaviour had been completely inexcusable and unacceptable.
They had been drunken, aggressive yobs. They had since become fathers and their responsibilities had changed them.