Jail sentence for attackers

TWO men have been jailed after forcing their way into a man's home and beating him up while his six-year-old son was sleeping.

TWO men have been jailed after forcing their way into a man's home and beating him up while his six-year-old son was sleeping.

Trevor Bowden, 25, of Holmes Road, Retford, and Ian Foreman, 22 of Yeoman Close, Worksop, were each given 15 months at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

They admitted causing actual bodily harm to David Whittaker at his home in Misterton on 8th May last year.

Bowden was said to have been drinking 40 pints and a bottle of whisky a day and Foreman 15 cans of lager a day.

The judge Recorder Michael Fowler told them: "It seems to have arisen simply from you taking against Mr Whittaker."

"He must have been absolutely petrified – not only for himself but for the possible effect on his son."

Michael Evans prosecuting said Mr Whittaker had come to know Foreman as a neighbour, but they didn't get on particularly well.

Mr Whittaker had answered a knock on his door after midnight and then Bowden stepped forward after Foreman said, "this is him who gave me all the grief."

Bowden repeatedly punched his victim who pleaded, "Please don't wake my little boy" and was left needing three head cuts glueing and had suffered severe bruising.

Julie Warburton defending said it was Bowden's wife and three children who would suffer most.

In mitigation for Foreman it was said he was evicted from his accommodation as a result of the assault and had split up with his girlfriend and would lose his job.