The victims were walking home after playing basketball at the park when they were viciously attacked in the street by Connor Kierans and James Chandler. The two men were fuelled by drink and drugs, repeatedly punched and kicked the brothers, while hurling sickening racist abuse at them.
The two thugs jumped out of a van and launched an “utterly despicable” and racist attack on a 15-year-old Coventry schoolboy and his university student brother. The younger brother required treatment at an emergency eye clinic following the attack in Aldermans Green.
Both Kierans and Chandler had originally pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to racially aggravated assaults on their two young victims but changed their pleas to guilty at later hearings.
Kierans, 32, of Narberth Way, Woodway Park, who also admitted handling a stolen car and failing to surrender to his bail, was jailed for a total of three years and four months. And 35-year-old Chandler, of Ainsdale Close, Aldermans Green, who pleaded guilty to two further charges of assaulting emergency workers, was jailed for two years and nine months.
Judge Barry Berlin told the two: “You both, out of sheer racial hatred, got out of the van to confront those brothers.
“This was an utterly despicable, totally unprovoked attack, and the motive was racial hatred fuelled by drink and drugs.”
When the defendants were later arrested, Kierans claimed he had been going to the shop, and that it was the boys who had been abusive, while Chandler said he had been on a cocaine binge for two days and could not remember much of the incident.
Mr Jones said that in April 2018 a Fiesta car had been stolen following a burglary at a house in Brinklow, and when it was recovered the following month, Kierans’ fingerprints were found on the false number plates that had been fitted to it.
Then on February 22 this year the police were called to a domestic incident involving Chandler’s son at an address in Longford, where the door was opened by Chandler.
He tried to prevent them entering the house, threatening a sergeant that he would “spark you out”, pushed a female officer hard causing her to fall, and punched a third officer before he was detained after being struck with a baton.
And when he was interviewed following his arrest, he said he had been off his head on cocaine, said Mr Jones.
Rupert Jones, prosecuting, said that on Saturday, April 13, last year a 15-year-old schoolboy and his brother, a 19-year-old university student, were walking home after playing basketball with friends in Longford Park.
The brothers had just crossed the mouth of Cheadle Close by a shop when a large red van driven by Kierans turned into the close and pulled up.
Using vile racist language, one of the occupants of the van shouted at the brothers: “That’s our ball, you dirty P***.”
Kierans and Chandler then got out of the van and launched attacks on the two brothers, continuing to hurl foul racist abuse at their two young victims throughout the assaults on them.
Chandler began by throwing a punch at the 15-year-old, and when the boy’s older brother tried to go to his aid, Chandler turned his attention to him.
He punched the student, grabbed hold of him and swung him against a wall, causing him to fall to the ground where Chandler began punching him repeatedly.
Meanwhile Kierans, who had what was at first thought to be a knife in his hand, but which turned out to be a key, threw a number of punches at the younger boy.
He then ran over and kicked Chandler’s victim to the head as Chandler continued to rain punches and kicks on the defenceless teenager before the two attackers walked away.
But as the brothers got to their feet and continued to walk along Grange Road, the two men returned, and Chandler kicked the younger boy and threw more punches at his brother.
As a result of the attacks, the 15-year-old suffered a subconjunctival haemorrhage in his left eye and had to attend an emergency eye clinic, while the 19-year-old had cuts to his head, hands and elbows.