Hambledon man ‘didn’t provoke attack’

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A FRIEND of a man who was attacked with a machete and metal bars in his home says he did nothing to provoke the assault.

Bradley Brennan was left with a fractured skull after three men lured him out of his house in West Street, Hambledon by smashing a window and then set upon him.

Ben Powell and Gareth Hussey are alleged to have carried out the attack after an argument in the nearby Vine Inn earlier in the evening. A third man, Carl Brennan, who is not related to the victim, has admitted the assault.

Sharon Lesley, who had been for a drink with Mr Brennan, his wife Hayley and another friend, said it was a terrifying ordeal.

Asked by prosecutor Matthew Lawson if Mr Brennan had done anything to cause trouble she said: ‘No, not at all.’ The men are accused of smashing up the couple’s cars before running off. Brennan, 38, of Stewarts Green, Hambledon has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and criminal damage.

Powell, 20, of the same address and Hussey, 25, of Corbett Road, Waterlooville, both deny a charge of wounding with intent. Rachael Powell, 40, also of Stewarts Green, denies attempting to pervert the course of justice.