A PAIR of brothers who kicked, punched, and stamped on a defenceless man have been jailed for seven years each.
Nathan and Scott Myers launched the brutal and vicious attack when the former serviceman ‘had the audacity’ to ask for a light.
They left the man unconscious and suffering from a badly fracture to his eye socket, which has left him with a droop on the right side of his face.
Teesside Crown Court heard how the assault exasperated the victim’s post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leaving afraid to leave the house on his own.
Tom Mitchell, prosecuting, said the violent attack was captured on mobile phone footage which showed the brother repeatedly punching, kicking, and stamping on the victim before one of them hit him with a bottle.
The court heard how the violence erupted at around 7.30pm near to the McDonald’s on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, on September 27, 2019.
Mr Mitchell said a 14-year-old girl filmed the attack before a security guard from the fast food outlet and members of the public managed to intervene.
In a victim personal statement, read to the court by Mr Mitchell, the man said: “Following the incident I suffered significant mental. When I was younger I was in the army and as a result of incidents that happened at this time, I suffered PTSD.
“This incident has exasperated that issue to the point where I will only leave the house to go out in public on my own if I absolutely have to. I still cannot bring myself to walk past where the incident occurred.”
Nathan Myers, 31, of Hazel Court, Middlesbrough, and his 27-year-old brother Scott, of the same address, both pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Vicki Lamballe, in mitigation for Nathan Myers, said he had shown genuine remorse for his actions.
And Paul Abrahams, mitigating on behalf of Scott Myers, told the judge this would be his client’s first custodial sentence.
Jailing the brothers for seven years each, Judge Jonathan Carroll branded the attack a ‘disgraceful example of alcohol and drug-fuelled, gratuitous street violence’ for the ‘audacity’ of asking for a light.
He added: “I have seen the videos, there’s no separating the roles of either of you.
“I saw kicking, I saw stamping, there was punching and kicks to the face; and a glass bottle used to the head.”