BROTHERS beat a father with a brick and a stepladder to get revenge on his son, a court heard yesterday.
Marc and Danny Boothroyd Jr, 18, and 20, attacked Brian Monkhouse in his garden the day after an alleged incident between Mr Monkhouse’s son Gary and the brothers’ father, Danny Boothroyd Sr, Bradford Crown Court was told.
Mr Monkhouse, of Teddington Avenue, Dalton, suffered a broken cheekbone and lost a tooth in the incident on May 13, 2007.
Danny Boothroyd Sr, 42, of Long Lane, Dalton, Marc Boothroyd, of Equilibrium, Lindley, and Danny Boothroyd Jr, of Cow Heys, Dalton, deny causing grievous bodily harm. Danny Boothroyd Jr denies having an offensive weapon.
Opening the prosecution’s case, counsel John Topham told a jury of eight men and four women that the three men had appeared at Mr Monkhouse’s home threatening to “sort out” his son.
Mr Topham said: “The father Danny Boothroyd Sr was upset in that incident and so he and his two sons came round to Teddington Avenue in the day intent on violence.
“It may have been they were looking for Gary. He was not there when they arrived; they therefore attacked Brian Monkhouse intending to cause grievous bodily harm.”
Mr Topham said while Danny Boothroyd Sr had not taken part in the attack he had encouraged his sons to beat and stab Mr Monkhouse.
The court heard the three defendants had pulled up in a taxi outside Mr Monkhouse’s home.
Mr Topham said when Mr Monkhouse returned from a shopping trip, Danny Boothroyd Sr said: “We’ve come to sort your son out.”
After Mr Monkhouse asked the men to leave his garden, Mr Topham told the court, Danny Boothroyd Jr said: “We’ll sort you out.”
Mr Topham said Danny Boothroyd Jr punched Mr Monkhouse in the face knocking out his gold tooth.
After the brothers had punched Mr Monkhouse on the ground, Marc Boothroyd hit Mr Monkhouse in the face with a broken brick.
“It didn’t end there,” said Mr Topham, “because Danny Boothroyd Jr picked up a small stepladder and started hitting Mr Monkhouse on the back.”
After the attack, the court heard, Danny Boothroyd Jr had paced up and down Teddington Avenue, knife in hand, threatening to stab Mr Monkhouse and his family.
Brian Monkhouse. told the court: “I remember being stunned. No one’s ever hit me that hard. I remember getting to my feet. My daughter was begging: ‘Please get up, dad.’
“I was then hit again but I’m not sure who by and I found myself on my hands and knees. Someone kicked me in the face and (my daughter) was trying to get me up and I think my wife was trying to push them away from me.”
Under cross-examination Mr Monkhouse admitted failing to mention he had been hit with a brick in his first police statement. He also admitted going out of the house armed with a carving knife following the attack.
The case continues.