Three brothers jailed following vicious New Year's Day beating where man was left in pool of blood after 'retribution' attack

Three brothers have been jailed for a daylight street attack where they struck a man in the face with a weapon following an incident sparked by drink and drugs.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:12 pm

Sean Riley, 28, Ethan Smith, 20, and Jason Smith, 22, who are all from Wheatley Hill, have each been handed a prison sentence of six years and 11 months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm at Durham Crown Court.

They then repeatedly struck the victim with a weapon, causing a broken jaw and eye socket, then fled the scene leaving the victim laying in a pool of blood.

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Brothers, from left to right, Jason Smith, Sean Riley and Ethan Smith, have been jailed for the attack in Dodds Close, in Wheatley Hill, on New Year's Day.
Brothers, from left to right, Jason Smith, Sean Riley and Ethan Smith, have been jailed for the attack in Dodds Close, in Wheatley Hill, on New Year's Day.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Thubron, who led the investigation said: “This was a short lived but vicious attack which took place in broad daylight and in full view of members of the public.

“The victim was kicked, punched and repeatedly hit with a weapon, then left on the kerbside with significant injuries.

“The quick response of paramedics and extensive hospital treatment meant the victim survived, but with the level of violence used this could so easily have been worse.

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Det Chief Insp Thubron added: “The assault was the conclusion to an earlier violent incident inside a property in Wheatley Hill and both alcohol and drugs were believed to have played a part in the events.

“The assault was planned as retribution, weapons were used and both Ethan and Jason Smith quickly fled County Durham leading to an extensive manhunt and prolonged police presence in the village while the inquiry continued.

"A number of young people’s lives have now been ruined.

“Violence on the streets and drug supply is something that we will not tolerate, we want to work with communities to make them a safe place and I would urge anybody with information about violent crime and drug supply to report their concerns via 101.”

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