Vi­cious thugs beat up woman in her home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.

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