Officer backs sentences for trio who attacked man with machete

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THE police officer who led the investigation into three men who carried out a machete attack say they got the sentences they deserved.

Carl Brennan and his stepson Ben Powell were each jailed for eight years for the assault on Bradley Brennan at his home in West Street, Hambledon.

Their friend Gareth Hussey was jailed for four years at Portsmouth Crown Court.

As reported in The News yesterday, the gang attacked Mr Brennan in November last year, with a machete and an axe, after an earlier disagreement at the Vine Inn, in Hambledon.

Detective Constable Chris Phillips said: ‘They were only contrite while they were in the box for their sentencing.

‘This was a prolonged attack, following a minor verbal disagreement which was totally out of proportion.

‘These people went armed with weapons and used them. The severity of the sentences reflects the view that the courts and the police take when people carry weapons and use them.’

Carl Brennan, 39, of Stewarts Green, Hambledon, admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage. Ben Powell, 20, of the same address and Hussey, 25, of Corbett Road, Waterlooville, were found guilty of the assault after a trial.