Two jailed for sticks attack

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TWO brothers who burst into a house and attacked a man with sticks have been jailed.

A woman who took part in the attack and then offered the victim money to keep quiet, will be sentenced later.

Darren Griffin, 27, of Cotsford Lane, Sean Griffin, 37, of Hawthorn Avenue, and Jade Saxby, 18, of Cotsford Lane, all Horden, each admitted violent disorder at Durham Crown Court.

Saxby also admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Adrian Dent, prosecuting, told the court the three went round to the house, where the tenant – a disabled man – and his friend were, in the early hours of October 8.

He said: “They were armed with a knife, a hammer and sticks, which they used to attack the disabled man’s friend as he sat on the sofa.

“There was a great deal of blood, but fortunately the injuries suffered by the friend were relatively minor.”

Mr Dent said Jade Saxby – Darren Griffin’s girlfriend –took the disabled man’s stick and used it to hit the victim.

Darren Griffin was jailed for 29 months, and Sean Griffin for 32 months.

A pre-sentence report was ordered for Saxby.

She will be dealt with on April 28.