Mildenhall: Brothers victim of a ‘vicious pack attack’

TWO brothers were the victims of a “vicious pack attack” during which one of them was stabbed and hit with a bat, while the other was kicked and left with permanent eye damage, a court has heard.

Dariusz Lewandowski had gone back to his flat in Emmanuel Close, Mildenhall, with his brother Dawid to pack his bags after being threatened while out with friends in the town by Alan Brown, who lived at the same address, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

As the brothers were packing Brown and a group of his friends arrived at the entrance to the bedroom, said Steven Dyble, prosecuting.

Brown, 26, was brandishing a 15cm kitchen knife and stabbed Dawid Lewandowski in the arm causing a 1.5cm cut which needed two stitches. The brothers bundled Brown out of the room and the door closed on the knife blade causing it to break.

As they tried to leave the house Dariusz Lewandowski was attacked in the hallway and was repeatedly kicked and felt someone jumping up and down on his head before he lost consciousness, said Mr Dyble.

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Outside the house Dawid Lewandowski was attacked by other members of Brown’s group and was hit with a bat and knocked unconscious.

As a result of the incident Dariusz Lewandowski was left with permanent damage to one of his eyes and suffered a fractured cheekbone and a fractured finger while his brother, a chef, suffered a 4cm cut on his head and a small knife wound on his arm near his elbow.

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Mr Dyble said the reason for the ill-feeling between Brown and Dariusz Lewandowski wasn’t clear but may have been about money.

Brown, 26, of Morley Close, Beck Row, admitted unlawfully wounding Dawid Lewandowski and affray on April 16 and was jailed for three years and eight months.

Also before the court were Ricki Bereznyckyj, 18, of Peterhouse Close, Mildenhall, and two 17-year-old youths who cannot be named because of their age.

All three admitted affray. Bereznyckyj and one of the 17-year-olds were sentenced to eight months detention and the other 17-year-old was sentenced to 12 months detention.

Passing sentence, Recorder Andrew Hurst described the incident as a “vicious pack attack”.

Jonathan Dunne, for Brown, said his client had been involved in violence inside the house but not in what happened outside the premises.

Charles Judge, for one of the 17-year-olds, said his client accepted hitting one of the brothers with a piece of wood outside the house.

Laura Kenyon, for Bereznyckyj, said he realised his behaviour had been unacceptable. Lindsay Cox, for the other youth, said his client had turned his life around since the violence.

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