Decades-old sibling spat led to village assault

Law and order
Law and order

A MAN who attacked a fellow villager after damaging property blamed it on an incident in his brother’s distant past.

Paul Allen was at his home in Broom Drive, Grassmoor, at 8am on July 31 when Keith Turner called and asked: “Do you know that your windows have been smashed?”.

Mr Allen replied: “I bet you have done it” and Turner said: “Yes, I f****** have,” and punched him above the left eye, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Turner (23) threw more punches, catching Mr Allen in the chest. His arms were grabbed by Mr Allen and a scuffle led to them both falling to the ground.

A man cycling past who knew Turner shouted to him to “leave it” and he walked away with a friend.

Turner had used a rock to damage the car, which Mr Allen had borrowed from his father.

“Mr Allen said he had seen the defendant in the village and knew his surname but he didn’t know anything else about him,” said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting.

Turner was arrested and said his brother had told him last year about an incident involving Mr Allen 20 years ago.

“The defendant said that because of this he had taken a dislike to Mr Allen and he was always going to ‘get it’ - it was just a matter of when,” said Mrs Griffiths.

“He picked up a brick to damage the vehicle, thinking this would lure the complainant outside, and then he punched him.”

Turner, a foundry worker, of New Street, Grassmoor, admitted assault and damaging property. He had been cautioned by police for an assault two years ago.

“You can’t take the law into your own hands. It’s not a mature way of dealing with things,” presiding magistrate David Summers told him.

Turner was ordered to do 130 hours unpaid work and must pay a total of £250 compensation for the assault and damage, with £85 costs.

Probation officer Jerry Starnes said: “His brother’s disclosure had eaten away at him over a 12-month period and he wanted revenge.”

Turner’s solicitor, Matt Evans, said it was a short-lived incident and he had shown remorse.