Thugs who ambushed man with a machete after Hambledon pub row face jail

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TWO thugs are facing jail after they were found guilty of attacking a man with a machete.

Plasterer Ben Powell and builder Gareth Hussey lured Bradley Brennan out of his home by smashing a window after a row in a pub earlier in the evening.

The two of them, along with Powell’s father, Carl Brennan, then ambushed him as his terrified wife watched on.

Powell ended up smashing a machete down on the victim’s head, fracturing his skull.

The three then barged their way into the couple’s home, in West Street, Hambledon, and trashed the house while continuing to attack Mr Brennan.

With blood pouring from his head he did his best to fend them off and they eventually ran away, smashing up the couple’s cars as they left.

Carl Brennan, 38, of Stewarts Green, Hambledon, who is not related to the victim, admitted unlawful wounding but Powell, 20, of the same address, and Hussey, 25, of Corbett Road, Waterlooville, denied the same charge.

But they were found guilty after a two-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Judge Peter Henry said: ‘You have both been convicted of a very serious offence and there’s only one sentence that can follow and that is a lengthy custodial sentence, but having said that I need to know all about you so I will ask for a pre-sentence report on you.’

Mr Brennan’s wife, Hayley, said she thought the three were going to kill her and her husband.

Hours earlier they had been to The Vine Inn, in Hambledon, when Mr Brennan had a disagreement with Powell on November 19, last year.

The gang claimed they went to the house, after the row, intending to smash up Mr Brennan’s cars.

All three, who also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage, were remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

Detective Constable Chris Phillips, of Winchester CID, said: ‘This couple have been through an horrific ordeal which has obviously left Mr Brennan scarred for the rest of his life and both of them emotionally scarred. I can’t see that any verbal argument can justify that level of violence in response. There’s nothing you can say that can justify their actions.’

Rachael Powell, 40, also of Stewarts Green, who is the partner of Carl Brennan and the mother of Ben Powell, was cleared of a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. She was accused of trying to dispose of their blood-stained clothes and the weapons.