TWO brothers were handed suspended prison sentences for viciously attacking a 15-year-old boy as he walked home along the A5117 towards Helsby.
Lee Wallace, 33, of Callander Gardens, Helsby, and his younger sibling John Wallace, 31, from Liverpool, pushed and kicked the teenage victim leaving him with injuries to his forehead, hands and legs.
The pair were sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.
The attack, which took place at 1pm on May 2 this year, stemmed from an incident two days earlier when Lee Wallace had exchanged words with a group of youths – including the victim – outside a chip shop.
Prosecuting, Marie Haydon said the two men, who were driving a silver Vauxhall Astra, pulled up alongside the boy before getting out and approaching him.
She told Chester Magistrates Court that Lee Wallace had shouted: “You were following me home weren’t you?”, which was in relation to the incident two days prior, before pushing the victim into a thorn bush.
He then stomped on the boy’s thighs and shins, while his brother John kicked him in the groin and head.
Both then fled towards Helsby, leaving the victim with scratches, bruises and nettle stings to his back.
The court heard that a man and his wife had driven past and witnessed some of the attack.
They took down part of the vehicle’s registration number, which enabled police to trace the brothers.
Defending, Richard Simm said the incident was ‘out of character’ for both men, although they accepted it was ‘wholly unpleasant’ and ‘over the top’.
He told the court Lee Wallace had hid in a bush on his way home two days prior to the incident because the group of youths outside the chip shop had been following him.
Mr Simm said it was a ‘purely chance meeting’ that Lee Wallace drove passed the boy, adding: “With the benefit of hindsight he should not have got out of the car.”
Both men were ordered to pay £250 compensation each to the victim, with Lee Chapman ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and his brother John given 100 hours. The pair must pay £95 each for costs.