Vicious thugs beat up woman in her home
TWO thugs are facing jail sentences for viciously attacking a woman in her own home on Mother’s Day.
Helen Allen suffered a fractured eye socket in the attack at her house in Frittenden Close, Ashford.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how brothers Edmund and Robert Brazil were armed with screwdrivers when they forced their way into Miss Allen’s home on March 2 and demanded cash.
Danny Robinson, prosecuting, said the victim had been out for a meal with her partner Peter Howell and their three children.
After returning home Mr Howell went to a travellers’ site at Chilmington.
He met Edmund Brazil, who he knew as Gilly, and Robert Brazil, known as Harold, in a car at the site. He spoke to them briefly and noticed two pairs of black gloves on the dashboard.
Miss Allen was at home watching television when she heard a knock at the door. She opened it and the brothers, wearing red balaclavas, burst in. They were also wearing gloves.
Miss Allen was grabbed around the neck and a screwdriver was held to her throat. She was threatened she would be stabbed if she did not hand over money.
“She must have been petrified,” said Mr Robinson.
Miss Allen told them to “get out”, adding she had children in the house. Edmund Brazil, 29, tried to get rid of her pet dogs. He tried to stab one and kicked it several times.
He went upstairs to where the children were asleep, while Robert Brazil, 27, held Miss Allen.
“She acted courageously,” said Mr Robinson. “She managed to break free and tried to go upstairs. She pleaded with the men to leave her kids alone.
“For her troubles, she was punched very hard in the face. She tried to make a phone call and the phone was smashed.”
Edmund Brazil went into the main bedroom and took a small free-standing safe. As he ran past Miss Allen, she pushed him and he fell down the stairs.
Mr Robinson said Robert Brazil’s balaclava had ridden up, exposing a tattoo with dates of birth on his neck.
He then gave Miss Allen a vicious beating, said Mr Robinson. She was repeatedly punched and kicked.
Robert Brazil, who lives in St Andrew’s Close, Whitstable, denied aggravated burglary but was convicted. Edmund Brazil, who lives in Cockering Road, Canterbury, admitted the charge.
They both denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent but were convicted.
Sentence was adjourned until November 7. They were remanded in custody.