Hull brothers kicked neighbour 'like a football' in row over cat
TWO brothers have been jailed after they attacked their neighbour over a dispute about his cat.
Barry Richards and his brother Stuart attacked their neighbour Robert Moore when he complained about them putting poison in their garden and threatening to kill his cat.
Mr Moore was repeatedly kicked to the head and left unconscious on the ground.
The pair had shouted over their garden fence in Egton Street, east Hull, that they wanted to kill Mr Moore's cat.
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Mr Moore, who has a special tube fitted to his brain because he suffers from water on the brain, went to speak to the pair about the threats and they attacked him.
Mr Moore's partner heard the commotion and came out of her home to see him staggering backwards.
She went to his aid and tried to hold Stuart Richards back as his brother Barry attacked Mr Moore.
Prosecutor Mark Kendall said: "Barry punched him to the neck, where his tube was, causing him to fall to the floor. He was still conscious once down on the ground and Barry kicked him in the head.
"He managed to get to his feet and then Stuart Richards punched him to the head. He was unconscious when they used his head as a football and both began kicking him in the head.
"They both shouted 'you've got bad injuries, I hope you die'. They left him on the floor unconscious and went off laughing."
Mr Moore was taken to hospital but only suffered minor injuries.
The attack did not affect the special tube to his brain.
Both brothers had been aware of their neighbour's health problems.
They were arrested and Barry Richards claimed he had just "seen red" and could not remember anything after Mr Moore arrived at his home.
The attack happened on July 13.
Both men, now of Ash Grove, west Hull, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Hull Crown Court and have been jailed for nine months.
Barry Richards barrister Richard Thompson said: "The defendant denies poisoning the cat. They had taken legitimate steps to try to stop the cat coming into their garden. The complainant had turned up in an irate frame of mind."
The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, told the brothers: "This was a nasty attack on your neighbour in a dispute over his cat.
Fortunately it didn't cause too many injuries but on the basis of the evidence that was more luck than by design as it was a sustained attack."