Brothers jailed for attacking ‘wrong man’ and leaving him unconscious with gashed head

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TWO brothers have been jailed for attacking a man they wrongly believed to have earlier attacked one of them.

Craig and Darren Turnbull left their 18-year-old victim unconscious in the street, Durham Crown Court heard.

Prosecuting Jonathan Devlin said the attack happened as Craig Turnbull returned from the Durham Big Meet and shared a taxi with some strangers, one of which was alleged to have attacked him.

The Turnbull brothers went looking for Craig’s attacker, arriving at the Village Inn, in Easington Village, just after 11pm where their victim was standing outside and was attacked.

He added: “The victim needed 27 stitches to an eye injury and seven staples in a head wound.

“He says the attack has changed the way he goes out, and left him fearful of meeting his attackers again.”

Police inquiries found the victim had not been involved in the earlier assault on Craig Turnbull, the court was told.

Darren Turnbull, 27, and Craig Turnbull, 19, both of Roxby Wynd, Wingate, admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Craig Turnbull admitted a separate charge of common assault.

The Recorder, Mr Jamie Hill QC, jailed each brother for 27 months.

l At an earlier hearing Barry Turnbull, 33, of Roxby Wynd, Wingate, was given a community order and 80 hours of unpaid work after admitted to assisting an offender by driving the brothers to the pub before the attack.