Two Cheddleton brothers jailed for attempted murder

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Two brothers from North Staffordshire have been jailed for 15 years each after being found guilty of attempted murder.

Craig Griffiths, 46, and John Griffiths, 45, both of Moorland Road, Cheddleton, beat a man with a brick in a revenge attack in May this year.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that several 999 calls were made just before 9pm on May 16, reporting that a man was being pinned down, kicked and struck with a brick in Grange Road, Cheddleton, near Leek.

Another caller said they feared the victim was being beaten to death.

Police attended the scene and arrested the brothers, while the injured man Matthew Wilton was rushed to hospital.

Mr Wilton has suffered from headaches and memory loss since and requires further surgery.

The Griffiths family had been in court earlier this year in May 2017 for the outcome of a trial where Liam Williams, aged 20, was convicted of dangerous driving following a collision on the A53 near Leek.

The collision resulted in the death of Craig Griffiths’ son Jak, aged 14, who was a passenger.

During the trial Craig Griffiths read out a personal victim statement in court and it was alleged that Matthew Wilton had laughed and this was the motive for the brothers’ assault.

Detective Inspector Tim Boulton, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was one of the most vicious and sustained attacks that I have investigated in over 20 years of policing.

“It was only pure chance that Matthew Wilton was not killed, but he will live with the effects of this attack for the rest of his life.

“Cheddleton is a small rural village and this disturbing incident was witnessed by a number of members of the public.

“We are incredibly grateful for the witnesses coming forward and assisting us in securing these convictions today.”

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