THREE thugs, one from the Colne Valley, who attacked a construction boss while trying to rob him have been jailed for four years.
Tio Maximillian, 20, of Ash Walk, Golcar, along with Brian Balster and Gary Forsyth - both of Dover - battered Steve Anderson with hammers and metal bars.
Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, heard that Mr Anderson was saved from more serious injury because he was wearing a hard hat.
Balster, 27, and Forsyth, 29, had been working for Mr Anderson in Folkestone, Kent.
They became angry when they were told there were to be labour cutbacks. Forsyth demanded money he said was owing to him.
Mr Anderson pulled out cash totalling £3,000 in front of Balster to pay Forsyth some money. They then left.
Shortly afterwards, using a false name, Maxmillian asked about work. He was told there wasn't any, but left his details.
Maxmillian then returned, wearing a balaclava, accompanied by Forsyth and Balster. Maxmillian had what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun.
They demanded money and jewellery and hit Mr Anderson. He then picked up a shovel.
The robbers ran off, leaving a piece of metal piping.
They had denied attempted robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent.
Maxmillian said Mr Anderson injured him with a stun-gun.