TWO brothers who violently assaulted a man in his own home after a night of drinking have been sentenced to nine months in jail. Jonathan and Oliver Sparkes, aged 27 and 25 respectively, broke into the home of Kieran Collins in Goodliff Close, Huntingdon,

TWO brothers who violently assaulted a man in his own home after a night of drinking have been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Jonathan and Oliver Sparkes, aged 27 and 25 respectively, broke into the home of Kieran Collins in Goodliff Close, Huntingdon, on July 27 last year, in a dispute over £150.

They pinned him down and beat him using a belt with a buckle. Oliver Sparkes, of Flaxen Walk, Warboys, then found a samurai sword in Mr Collins' home, and threatened to kill him.

When Mr Collins began to bleed heavily, the brothers made him take a shower and told him to put his clothes in the washing machine. They were arrested after a neighbour, who had heard them kick Mr Collins' front door open, alerted police.

The two men were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday (February 11). Both had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary, blackmail and unlawful wounding, with Oliver Sparkes also pleading guilty to making threats to kill.

Simon Ash, mitigating for Jonathan Sparkes, also of Goodliff Close, Huntingdon, said Mr Collins had not repaid a £150 loan on the agreed date.

He said: "The two brothers had been drinking, and Jonathan told his brother he felt let down by Mr Collins. They decided to go round there to have it out. It would not have happened had he been sober and in his right mind."

Mr Ash said that by the time the brothers asked Mr Collins to take a shower there had been "a clear change in mood and atmosphere", and that the brothers had not been trying to conceal their actions.

Nenad Spasojevic, for Oliver Sparkes, said that the attack had been out of character, but that drink had played a part.

"Right from the outset, Oliver has expressed his outrage, his ashamedness and his shock at these events. He has also missed the birth of his first child, something that has caused him immense distress."

Mr Spasojevic told the court that a report from a care worker described Oliver, who suffers from ADHD, as having a mental age of between 14 and 15.

Letters of apology from both brothers were given to the court to be passed to Mr Collins.

Recorder Francis Evans QC sentenced the two men jointly for the offences, and called the attack a "shocking and frightening incident."

He told the two men that they were likely to be released shortly, due to the 198 days they had already served in remand.