Cousins in horrific doorstep attack
TWO cousins subjected a man to ‘horrific’ violence after mistaking his home for the location of a house party, a court heard.
Victim Simon Grantham was kicked, punched and stamped on during the incident on Haworth Street in Rishton and was also repeatedly struck with bottles and a stick.
The court that Daniel Collins and Robert Martin launched an unprovoked attack on Mr Grantham after ‘knocking and kicking his front door’ during the incident at around 11.30pm on May 7.
Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, told Preston Crown Court that when Mr Grantham went to the door her saw two men and said ‘can I help you’ before one of the men swore at him and called him a midget.
The court heard how one of the men swung a bag in his hand containing bottles and struck Mr Grantham causing him to fall to the floor.
Miss Kehoe said the victim described how a ‘number of blows were raining over his body and face’ and for around 30 seconds he was ‘ kicked, punched and stamped on’.
Mr Grantham was also hit with a stick across his back before another male smashed a bottle over the back of his head. The court heard how Mr Grantham was ‘blacking out’ as one of the men stood behind him ‘with his arms in his face trying to gouge his eyes out’ while the other offender kicked and stamped on him.
Miss Kehoe said the victim was ‘shouting and screaming for help’ and after ‘what seemed like an age’ he heard a female voice scream ‘you better go, the police are coming’.
Mr Grantham was taken to hospital by ambulance and suffered a ‘very nasty’ back injury, bruising to his face, cuts and brazes.
When arrested by police, both defendants denied the offence and said that any assault which took place had been in self-defence.
Miss Kehoe said: “They were on that street looking for a house party. They thought they were hammering on the door of the female’s house whose party they were attending.
“Of course they got the wrong house and that’s how Mr Grantham transpired to be their victim that night. They were unknown to Mr Grantham before that night.”
Collins, 29, of Parklands Way, Blackburn, and Martin, 28, of Brownlow Street, Blackburn, both pleaded guilty to ABH. Collins also admitted ABH in relation to a separate incident in Blackburn in 2016 and was jailed for two years and five months.
Martin was given a twoyear jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £750 compensation.