Victim beaten with baseball bat

Liverpool Crown Court

Liverpool Crown Court

A man was repeatedly punched, bundled into a car and struck with a baseball bat by a Wigan thug after an alleyway confrontation.

A court heard that fortunately victim Anthony Chisnall only suffered bruising and his attackers, brothers Steven and Carl Wood, were both arrested after a bystander called the police.

Prosecuting, Chris Taylor said Mr Chisnall and Alex Ashforth, who knew Steven Wood, were walking down a passageway in Clock Face St Helens, last August when they were approached by Steven Wood and two other men and Mr Ashworth was offered “weed.”

He declined and there was a stand-off which led to Mr Ashworth being chased out of the alley and Wood threatened to stab him with a glass he grabbed from a nearby skip.

Mssrs Ashworth and Chisnall went to the Aldi store and shortly afterward a BMW driven by Wood’s brother Carl drew up and Steven Wood ran over and twice punched Mr Chisnall in the face. Carl Wood grabbed Mr Chisnall and bundled him into the front seat of the BMW and his brother hit him on the cheek with a baseball bat.

Steven Wood, 26, of Manchester Road, Ince, and his 32-year-old brother of Jersey Street, St Helens, admitted actual bodily harm at Liverpool Crown Court.

Sentencing them Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said Steven Wood was “no stranger to violence” but decided to suspend an eight-month prison sentence for 18 months. He also ordered him to attend 30 days’ rehabilitation activity and imposed a four-month night-time curfew.

The judge told Carl Wood that he had “misguidedly” become involved to help his brother. He sentenced him to five months’ jail suspended for 18 months and 20 days’ rehabilitation activity plus a two-month night-time curfew. Both men were ordered to pay £500 each towards the prosecution costs.