A MAN who battered his own brother outside their parents’ Wigan home and later sent threatening messages has been jailed for 18 months.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Jamie and Adam Smith do not get on.
And in the early hours of May 16 the brothers, who had both been drinking, exchanged “unedifying” text messages including Adam claiming that his brother had been cheating on his partner, Rochelle Crompton.
He also said that he had been out celebrating his first birthday out of prison in two years and that Jamie was “not my brother” and that he was going “to leather” him.
Jamie left where he was and when he turned into Barnsley Street in Gidlow, where he lives with his parents, he saw his brother apparently leaving the premises.
Adam ran at him, and during an argument asked him to hand over his keys and said he meant nothing to him.
The keys fell to the ground and as Jamie bent to pick them up he was repeatedly struck to the left side of his face, said Frank Dillon, prosecuting.
The victim went to hospital where it was suspected he had a fractured cheek bone, although the court heard there was no evidence about this.
Jamie Smith, whose face was covered in blood, did however refer to his nose being knocked out of shape.
He described his brother “as a bully.”
Later that day Adam sent texts calling his brother, who had reported the incident to the police, “a grass” and asking him to drop the charge.
Adam Smith, 21, of Bag Lane, Atherton, was initially charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent but this was dropped and he pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and witness intimidation.
He appeared for sentence via video link from prison.
Jailing him Judge Denis Watson, QC, pointed he had “a bad record for violence” involving six of his 17 previous convictions.
He said the incident involved “repeated excessive violence.”
He imposed a five-year restraining order to keep away from his brother and his home and also his brother’s partner and her home in Bolton.
Amos Waldman, defending, said that the defendant, who initially claimed he acted in self-defence, “expresses regret and acknowledges he deserves to be punished.
“His relationship with his brother has been irrevocably damaged.
“His brother has requested a restraining order and their mother feels the same way,” he said.