Brothers jailed for attack outside snooker club

David Turnbull  and, inset, his brother Michael.
David Turnbull and, inset, his brother Michael.
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TWO brothers who attacked a man outside a snooker club have been jailed – despite the victim asking the judge to spare them.

David and Michael Turnbull launched a drunken, unprovoked attack on Andrew Crawshaw outside the Stubbington Snooker Club, knocking him to the ground and repeatedly kicking him in the head.

05/07/12  GB/IH''Michael Turnbull leaves Portsmouth Crown Court where he is on trial for attacking a man outside Stubbington Snooker Club.  ' (122301-2)

05/07/12 GB/IH''Michael Turnbull leaves Portsmouth Crown Court where he is on trial for attacking a man outside Stubbington Snooker Club. ' (122301-2)

Mr Crawshaw, a lorry driver, suffered a broken cheekbone during the assault but he has since forgiven the pair.

On the night of the attack one of the brothers had asked Mr Crawshaw, 32, for a cigarette before they both beat him up.

They were found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Witness Matthew Eales, who had been in the club, told the jury they kicked Mr Crawshaw’s head “like a football”.

Dad-of one David Turnbull, whose partner is pregnant with their second child, claimed he was trying to stop his older brother from getting into a fight on the night out last October.

But the jury rejected his story.

Frank Abbott, defending, said Mr Crawshaw had written a letter asking the judge not to jail the men.

‘He has been very kind, generous and forgiving,’ he said.

‘He recognises it was a moment of madness. His attitude is these are stupid men rather than men who have got active criminal intent.’

Mr Abbott asked the judge to impose a suspended sentence rather than sending the pair to jail.

Both men wept during their trial and Mr Abbott said: ‘There is genuine remorse, genuine distress and genuine recognition of the stupidity of what happened on that night.’

David Turnbull, 26, of Hayes Close, Fareham, was jailed for three years and two months.

Plumber Michael Turnbull, 27, of Fair Isle Close, Fareham, was jailed for three years.

Sentencing them Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘I do take into account the very moving letter from the victim.

‘His view that where possible custodial sentences should be avoided is the correct view.’

But he added: ‘I have a duty to punish offenders for what they have done.

‘I have a duty to deter others from behaving in the same way.

‘It was a group attack and it was a sustained attack.

‘I have taken the view, sadly and with some regret, that this offence is too serious to merit a suspended sentence.’