'We thought we would be killed'
ONE of two brothers smashed over the head with an iron bar has told how he feared he would be battered to death in his bedroom.
Daniel Killeen suffered horrific head injuries after thugs Paul Matthews and Adam Humphreys broke into his Wolstanton home.
The unemployed graphic designer, who still suffers flashbacks, was subjected to a brutal attack along with brother Francis – after they were wrongly accused of being gay.
Matthews and Humphreys have been jailed for a total of 20 years after being sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Thursday.
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The two men had earlier been in the Killeens' then home in Keeling Street before leaving and then coming back armed with weapons on September 9 last year.
Daniel, aged 40, said: "They had already been in the house for 20 minutes when they tried to steal my laptop and left.
"Matthews said he was coming back for us so we closed all the doors and windows before going to bed.
"At about 11.30pm my brother woke me up shouting they were trying to kick the door in.
"I went downstairs and saw one of them climbing through the window and the other through the back door.
"I was in shock. They were both armed with weapons and chased me up the stairs."
The intruders smashed the hinges off Daniel's bedroom door.
Daniel added: "They got in and all hell broke loose. It was a 20-minute battering with blood everywhere. There was no stopping them, they were going crazy.
"I was hit over the head several times with an iron bar and my room was smashed to pieces."
The attack left Daniel with a fractured skull, facial cuts and bruising to his upper body.
He added: "It was disgusting what they did and it was the most horrible thing I have ever seen.
"It was like a horror film with blood all over my bedroom.
"They were stamping on my brother's face and on his chest. I thought we were going to die."
Francis suffered broken ribs, bruising to his arms and chest, and several cuts to his face.
Matthews, aged 26, of Pitgreen Lane, Wolstanton, was jailed for 14 years for aggravated burglary and assault.
Humphreys, aged 25, of Keeling Street, Wolstanton, was jailed for six years for the same offences.
Daniel, who has since moved house, has welcomed the sentences.
He said: "It has been a long time coming and I am glad that they are in prison.
"I think they saw me as a weak character and they came back specifically to beat us up."