Brothers attacked host of party at New Year after trying to gatecrash
BROTHERS who tried to gatecrash a New Year's Eve party attacked the host when he asked them to leave, a court heard.
Daniel Paterson, aged 28, from Ludbrook, Ivybridge, and Lewis Paterson, aged 22, of Pasley Street, Stoke, both pleaded guilty to causing James Turpin actual bodily harm.
The brothers attacked him when they arrived at 2am and tried to get in, punching him in the face and again as he lay on the ground.
Daniel Paterson sat astride him, hitting him to the face.
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Mr Turpin was taken to hospital, where his face was stitched, but now has a permanent 1cm scar above his eye.
Mr Turpin told police he had later washed the blood off his front wall and had to put a curtain up over his damaged front door. He was worried that both men knew where he lived.
The court heard that both brothers had previous convictions.
Malcolm Clarke, for Daniel Paterson, said his client would lose his job, flat and contact with his son if he was jailed.
Jo Martin, for Lewis Paterson, said he was a semi-professional rugby player for the Cornish All-Blacks, a Launceston-based club playing in the National League Division Four.
He was about to start his third year of a sports science degree at UCP Marjon in Plymouth.
A former player for Munster in Ireland, he was due to play in a professional seven-a-side tournament in Bath this weekend.
The judge, Recorder Stephen Parish, told the brothers: "This was a disgraceful assault by both of you on a man at his home address. You are too old to gatecrash parties. Daniel Paterson, you are most to blame: you started it and are slightly older."
He sentenced Daniel Paterson to a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work, imposed a 9pm-7am tagged curfew on Fridays and Saturdays for 13 weeks and ordered him to pay Mr Turpin £500 compensation within six months.
He sentenced Lewis Paterson to a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work, imposed a similar curfew for eight weeks starting next Friday and ordered him to pay Mr Turpin £250 compensation at £50 a month.