Twin brothers who attacked a pub-goer and left him with a fractured jaw have been jailed.
Preston Crown Court heard how Jack Taylor and Daniel Taylor, both 22, set upon William Blows as he staggered towards Preston Bus Station after a night out.
Recorder of Preston, Anthony Russell QC, said: “The fact is both of you, to use a common expression, put the boot in. You kicked him while he was on the ground. It was a very quick incident, but it was an incident of violence in the street and a matter of considerable public concern.”
Daniel Taylor, of Station Road, Bamber Bridge, and Jack Taylor, of Ruskin Close, Tarleton, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Prosecuting, Susan Carter described how earlier that night Mr Blows had gone outside Macs Bar on Friargate, for a cigarette.
She said: “Mr Blows was on an evening out with friends.
“The brothers had approached him at that stage and started, he says, having a go at him. He tried to get back into the bar but was refused because he was drunk. He decided to walk to the bus station.
“The victim was clearly vulnerable because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed.”
CCTV of the attack, on Orchard Street in Preston, was shown to the court. The victim suffered a broken jaw and had to have two operations.
In a statement, the victim said he had nightmares and was “always looking over his shoulder”. The court heard Jack Taylor had been sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for 24 months, for another section 20 attack just 19 days before the attack on Mr Blows.
He admitted breaching the sentence and a charge of being drunk and disorderly.
He has a number of convictions starting in September 2011 for criminal damage, drugs possession, theft and assault.
Defending Daniel, David Ryan urged the court to impose a suspended jail term because he had no previous convictions. Jack will serve two years and nine months in jail and pay a £120 victim surcharge.
Daniel will serve 20 months and pay a £100 victim surcharge.