Horncastle brothers escape jail following football attack

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Two brothers who attacked another man during a kick-about game of football have been given suspended jail sentences at Lincoln Crown Court.

Christopher and Jonathan Doyle had been drinking with their victim in the Ship Inn in Horncastle when they all decided to go play football.

Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said that shortly after the game started the brothers launched into an attack on the 24-year-old man.

Christopher Doyle bit the man on the right ear and then put him in a headlock while Jonathan Doyle punched him in the face and kicked him.

Miss Harrison said “The attack went on for some time. Others sadly stood by and watched. It only ended when the victim managed to get back to another pub to get some help.”

The victim suffered a cut to his right ear, a chipped tooth and his right eye swelled up so much that it was almost closed.

Christopher Doyle, 27, and Jonathan Doyle, 25, both of Maltby Way, Horncastle, each admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm as a result of the incident on July 21, 2013.

They were each given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months with 12 months supervision. They each were also given a 7pm to 7am curfew for six months and to complete a six month alcohol treatment order.

Saleem Khan, defending, said both brothers had psychiatric problems as well as a dependency on alcohol.

Judge John Pini QC passing sentence, told the brothers “You are a pair of bullies. He was absolutely defenceless. Your behaviour was utterly disgraceful.”

“You have both escaped immediate custody by the skin of your teeth.”