Cousins in hor­rific doorstep at­tack

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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.

Daniel Collins

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