Brothers jailed after beating up the wrong man in revenge attack

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

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

“The attack was on the evening of the Durham Big Meeting,” said prosecutor Jonathan Devlin.

“Craig Turnbull shared a minibus taxi home from Durham City to East Durham with men he had not met before.

“During the journey, he says one of the other passengers assaulted him.”

The court was told the Turnbull brothers went looking for Craig’s attacker, arriving at the Village Inn in Easington Village just after 11pm.

The victim was standing outside and was attacked.

The victim’s aunt attempted to intervene, and she was punched by Craig Turnbull.

The court was told the 18-year-old needed 27 stitches to an eye injury and seven staples to a head wound.

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

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

The latter admitted a separate charge of common assault.

Lawyers for the pair said they were both hard-working men who had suffered from depression since their mother died in 2007.

Recorder Jamie Hill jailed both brothers for 27 months.

At an earlier hearing, Barry Turnbull, 33, of Roxby Wynd, admitted assisting an offender by driving the brothers to the scene of the attack.

He was sentenced to a community order and told to do 80 hours of unpaid work.