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Suspended jail for man who attacked brother.

A MAN assaulted his brother after accusing him of drug taking.

Ian Kolvin, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, said Steven Durkan, 44, and his brother, Alec Davies, had been at a local pub when the trouble began.

Durkan, of Poplar Terrace, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, accused his brother of taking drugs and Mr Davies left, going home to tell his mother of the conversation.

Durkan followed him there and, without provocation, started to attack him, punching his brother as he sat on the sofa.

Their mother tried to intervene but was unsuccessful and raised the alarm with police.

By the time she had returned to the living room, said Mr Kolvin, the pair were now on the floor with Durkan still attacking Mr Davies, punching him to the head.

"She saw him kicking Mr Davies once to the left side of the body and once to the left side of the head," said Mr Kolvin.

The attack only stopped when she told him to, as he raised his left foot in the air.

"He said that he was sorry and left the house," said Mr Kolvin.

Judge Peter Heywood told him it passed the custody threshold and jailed Durkan, who admitted assaulting his brother in October occasioning him actual bodily harm, for six months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to carry out 120 hours' unpaid work.

Durkan, who also has a conviction for ABH, will pay an PS80 victim surcharge.

Judge Heywood told him: "When the boot goes in it can invariably result in serious injury being suffered."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 20, 2013
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