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Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Barrow brothers and their dad sentenced for beating

Barrow family members who launched a group attack on a man have been handed jail sentences.

David Andrew Jefferson and Wayne William Jefferson were both sent to prison, while their father David Robert Jefferson narrowly avoided joining them as his punishment was suspended.

The trio appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for sentencing after being found guilty of assault by beating at a trial last week.

The three men attacked Dale Stephenson in the street on January 20.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, told the court the victim had been walking from Duke Street towards Abbey Road when David Jefferson jnr, 24, and Wayne William Jefferson, 22, grabbed him by the arms.

David Jefferson snr, 43, then threw a punch which missed Mr Stephenson.

The victim was then dragged into Paradise Street, where he was punched at least three times to his head and face.

The attack was witnessed by a 17-year-old girl and another passer-by and, despite the defendants trying to put forward a case of mistaken identity, they were found to share joint responsibility for the beating.

The court had heard previoulsy that the defendants and the victim were related distantly through Mr Jefferson snr’s brother’s wife.

They had not been on speaking terms since an altercation in 2012 in which the Jeffersons alleged that Mr Stephenson had assaulted their youngest brother, then aged 10. That had prompted David Jefferson jnr to throw him over a wall – an offence for which he served a prison sentence.

All three men had histories of violence, the court heard, although Jefferson snr had not been involved in any offences since 1993.

Both the younger defendants have repeatedly appeared at both youth and adult courts.

David Jefferson snr, of Vulcan Road, Barrow, had his 150-day jail sentence suspended for 12 months, on the basis of the time it had been since his last offence. He was ordered to pay £250 compensation and £250 court costs.

Wayne Jefferson, of Vulcan Road, Barrow, was given 225 days in prison, having activated an existing 80-day suspended sentence.

David Jefferson jnr, of Carlisle Street, Barrow, was given 150 days in prison. Mr Chalk said: “You have a violent history and, like your brother, you were prepared to take part in group action.”

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