Two brothers jailed for 'ferocious' assault on foreman in Gilroes cemetery, Leicester
Two brothers who carried out a "ferocious" attack on a contract worker at a cemetery have each been jailed for 14 months.
Their 40-year-old victim was repeatedly punched and kicked in retaliation for upsetting the men's 15-year-old nephew, who was caught vandalising a fence at Gilroes cemetery, in Groby Road, Leicester.
The foreman suffered a broken nose, bruising, an eye injury and had three teeth knocked out in the attack, on September 7 last year.
He is still receiving costly dental treatment and suffers occasional pain, Leicester Crown Court was told.
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Geremy Kirk Fleck (32) and Simon James Fleck (33) were identified and arrested following a police appeal in the Leicester Mercury.
The victim's employers, Mole Plant Hire and Groundwork Contractors, of Huncote, offered £1,000 for information – and the defendants' names were given.
Geremy Fleck, of Tournament Road, Glenfield, and Simon Fleck, of Hackett Road, New Parks, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.
Speaking after the attack, the victim told the Mercury he had feared for his life as he was beaten "to a pulp" while he lay defenceless on the ground.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: "You both launched a ferocious attack.
"He was punched and kicked and was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary.
"He suffered a lot of pain and distress, had to have time off work to get treatment and his life is forever changed.
"Both of you left the scene and through appeals in the media your names became known to the police."
The victim was working as foreman of a £4 million project to extend Gilroes cemetery. Jonathan Cox, prosecuting, said he caught the defendants' nephew damaging boundary fencing at the site and told him to stop.
The teenager initially apologised but then said: "I'm going to get my uncle. You can't do anything, you can't touch me."
Mr Cox said about an hour later he returned with defendants "as muscle" and to "mete out punishment".
When the boy pointed out the victim, Simon Fleck knocked him to the ground.
Mr Cox said: "He curled up into a ball to protect himself from a flurry of blows by both defendants. Simon Fleck in particular was punching, mainly to his head and kicking him to his upper body on the ground.
"Geremy joined in punching him to the face and head."
One of the uncles told the injured foreman: "If you touch my nephew again, you'll be dead."
The defendants, after arrest, denied any involvement.
The boy – who threw "a couple of punches" – is not being prosecuted.
Mr Cox said it was not accepted the victim had earlier physically assaulted the defendants' nephew, as the defendants had later suggested.
In mitigation, the court heard that the brothers acted "out of character" and neither had been in trouble for many years.
Matthew Smith, for Geremy Fleck, a father-of-three, said: "There was a complaint by his nephew of mistreatment by those on the site."
Justine Robinson, for Simon Fleck, said: "He's normally a positive member of society, going out of his way to assist others."
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "This was a vicious and senseless attack and it is reassuring that the culprits have been sentenced. Nobody should fear violence of this nature as they do their job."