Barrow 'torture' attack brothers jailed

James Wilson (left) and Mark Wilson
Image caption James Wilson (left) and Mark Wilson carried out a "vicious and unprovoked" attack

Two brothers who carried out a "vicious attack" on a man in south Cumbria have been jailed.

James Wilson, 26, and his brother Mark, 24, both of Barrow, forced their way into their 26-year-old victim's home in the town on 24 June.

He was left with severe scarring and remains traumatised.

The pair pleaded guilty to wounding and robbery and were given indeterminate sentences with a minimum term of six years and 18 days.

Preston Crown Court was told that Mark Wilson, previously of Newport Street and John Wilson, previously of The Little Vic public house, banged on the door of the flat in School Street early on 24 June.

'Worst wounds'

Once inside, they attacked their victim with a knife and a hammer, demanding money and stealing a number of items, including his mobile phone.

He suffered slash wounds to his legs, arms, head and eye, and underwent surgery in hospital.

Det Ch Insp Bob Qazi, from Cumbria Police, said: "The assault which took place was vicious and unprovoked.

"In my almost 28 years police experience some of the worst wounds I have seen on a victim who has remained alive.

"There is no doubt in my mind the victim was tortured in an extreme way."

He added: "The sentence imposed today reflects the seriousness of these offences and I am pleased that justice has been served."

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