Brothers in rampage of terror

Crime story
Crime story

TWO brothers who carried out terrifying knife-point raids on stores are today starting lengthy jail sentences.

One of them, Daniel Reade, pictured right, was on bail at the time after a horrifying unprovoked attack in which he bit off a chunk of a stranger’s ear and then boasted about it.

Sickeningly, while escaping the scene in a taxi, he waved the piece of ear around, held it up pretending to listen with it and also put it in his mouth.

Reade told the disgusted driver, who described his behaviour as ‘sick’, that he was going to keep it as a souvenir.

Judge Stephen Everett, said: “You treated this particularly awful offence with some sort of exultant approach. You in drink delighted in what you did, you boasted about it.

“It is difficult to understand what must have been going through somebody’s mind to behave in such a disgusting and sickening way,” he added.

His violent nature resurfaced exactly a year to the day when he and his younger brother Adam launched a campaign of terror on a summer’s evening when the two men, their heads covered to disguise their identity, stormed into four shops demanding cash.

But despite their escalating violence they left empty handed each time, apart from snatching up a couple of mobile phones belonging to staff.

Imposing a 16-year sentence on Daniel Reade, who admitted wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob, Judge Everett said that the ear biting had badly affected the victim, Steven Shovelton.

He has been left permanently disfigured, despite two hospital operations, was off work for seven weeks, is self-conscious and worried and concerned when he goes out.

Judge Everett said: “What you did in a matter of seconds will have a real long-term affect on him. Your behaviour after plumbed the depths of depravity.”

He imposed an immediate 11 year prison sentence with a five year extended licence on him.

Adam Reade, 22, who admitted the robbery conspiracy, was jailed for five years.

Robert Wynn Jones, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that 24-year-old Daniel Reade attacked Mr Shovelton on the evening of July 15, 2012 in Leigh town centre. Mr Shovelton, whom Daniel believed had been in a scuffle with his brother, was grabbed and pushed against a fence by Daniel who then bit off part of his ear.

On July 15 last year the Reade brothers, both of Bond Street, Leigh, were with a vulnerable man whom they had talked into driving them around in his car and stopping at four shops. The brothers, both armed with knives, first struck at the Premier News in Atherton Road, Hindley Green, shouting to the assistant to give them cash and making stabbing motions at him.

The assistant Iquy Hussain managed to grab one of them and thought he was going to be stabbed but the brothers fled. Half an hour later they arrived at Premier Stores in Hindley Road, Westhoughton, but only Daniel Reade entered the premises.

Carrying a knife and his top pulled over his face he approached the assistant and demanded cash but the assistant squatted down and pressed the alarm button and Reade left again empty-handed.

Less than an hour later, the brothers went into Bargain Booze in Halliwell Road, Bolton, and Daniel, again armed with a knife, went behind the counter saying, ‘give me the money’ and tried to open the till. Meanwhile his brother was holding the door open before they fled without obtaining any cash. At 8.45 pm the most violent attack took place after they went in with knives into Premier Express in Bag Lane, Atherton again intent on raiding the tills, said Mr Wynn Jones.

CCTV footage of the incident was played to the court in which the shop staff, brothers Wajid Ali and Mohammed Qasim, bravely tackled them, using a fridge shelf and a cricket bat. Adam had been desperately leaning over the counter trying to get over and his brother ran to the other end of the counter.

Mohammed grabbed one in a bear hug and suffered a cut to his hand while wrestling he knife from him. His brother tackled the other man but as he had been fasting for 17 hours he did not have strength to detain him and both men ran off to the waiting car.

Police arrested them shortly afterwards after boxing in the car at a junction.

Judge Everett pointed out the dangers of carrying knives and said they could easily have been facing a murder charge.

David Morton, defending, said the brothers were remorseful and told how they had been badly affected by their father’s tragic death and both had problems with drink and drugs.