Crook brothers jailed for eight years over stabbing

HALF brothers who stabbed a man have been jailed for eight years and given an extended licence of four years.

Westley Crooks and Steven Crooks were both armed with knives when they forced open the front door of an address in Arnhem Avenue, Aveley, on Saturday April 2.

The occupants – the 68-year-old man victim, his partner and his son – fled through the back of the house and into a neighbour’s garden.

The Crooks punched the older man, causing him to fall to the ground, before they kicked him several times.

He was then stabbed in the arm and leg before the brothers stole a minibus from the driveway and left the scene.

Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured, but required hospital treatment.

Westley, 34, and Steven, 32, denied any involvement when they were arrested.

The pair, both unemployed, and of Seabrooke Rise, Grays, were charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle.

They admitted the charges on August 1 and were both sentenced at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday September 14.

They were jailed for eight years for GBH, two years for burglary and 12 months for theft, to run concurrently.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Owen Clements, said: "The judge said they were both dangerous and made them subject to an extended licence.

"This means they will have to serve at least two thirds of their jail term before they can be considered for parole.”

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