Thugs who threatened to 'take over' Wolstanton jailed for 20 years
TWO thugs who launched a vicious attack on a pair of brothers after wrongly accusing them of being homosexual have been jailed for a total of 20 years.
Paul Matthews and Adam Humphreys broke into the brothers' home before kicking, punching, and using an iron bar to inflict seriouse injuries on the men.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how Daniel and Francis Killeen cowered in a bedroom at their Wolstanton home as the thugs kicked the door down and began their late-night attack.
One of the victims was struck with a broom handle and the pair were left with serious injuries, including a fractured skull.
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The attack came after Matthews and Humphreys accused the brothers of being gay and threatened to 'take over' Wolstanton.
Now Matthews, aged 26, of Pitgreen Lane, Wolstanton, and Humphreys, aged 25, of Keeling Street, have been jailed after Judge Granvile Styler said the men had committed 'grave crimes'.
Matthews – who committed a robbery when he was just 11 – was handed a 14 year sentence for aggravated burglary and assault. Humphreys was given six years for the same offences.
The court was told how Matthews had appeared outside the brothers' Keeling Street home, on September 9 last year.
Tariq Shakoor, prosecuting, said: "At about 9pm Daniel Killeen had gone outside to tell a group of people to move on and Matthews was in that group.
"He failed in his attempt and ended up inviting them into the house. The first person in was Matthews who told them his name was 'Po'.
"Soon after he adopted a menacing attitude towards the brothers. He said he would 'take over' in Wolstanton and also presumed the brothers were homosexual as they were living together.
"He also took an interest in property including a computer."
Matthews punched Daniel in the face and kicked Francis in the head as he went to the aid of his brother, the court was told. The thugs then left, and the shaken brothers did not report the incident.
But they were later awoken in the early hours when the men returned with weapons.
Mr Shakoor continued: "They heard noises from the door as if it was being kicked in and they called the police."
Matthews climbed in through a window clutching an iron bar while Humphreys was armed with a broom handle. The brothers hid in a bedroom before its door was kicked from its hinges. Mr Shakoor said: "Daniel said he was attacked by Matthews with an iron bar and was hit over the head and punched."
Humphreys inflicted a 'series of blows' on Francis with the broom handle, while Matthews was seen taking a laptop and mobile phone.
Daniel later underwent an operation for a fractured skull. Francis required stitches to cuts to his face.
Judge Granville Styler branded Matthews 'the ring leader', and said: "In my judgment this was a revenge attack. You recruited Humphreys to teach them a lesson because you thought they were homosexual when they were brothers. There is high culpability because of the weapon and the location – breaking in and attacking them in the night."