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Torture horror brothers jailed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 13, 2011

Brothers John McCombe and David Paterson (right)

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TWO brothers who tortured a disabled man and kept him captive in his own home have both been jailed.

A bread knife and a dumbbell were among weapons used on Christopher Boulton, who suffered a catalogue of injuries in January last year.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court David Paterson, 28, was jailed for a total of six years and John McCombe, 41, was sentenced to a total of four years.

The court heard that Paterson was convicted of false imprisonment, wounding and assault following a trial at Derby Crown Court in February.

Paterson, of MeadowWay, Newhall, had admitted a charge of stealing a wallet and keys from the victim.

McCombe, also of Meadow Way, had pleaded guilty to offences of wounding and false imprisonment.

Judge Mark Eades said it was difficult to know what the motive was for the attack, but the victim had a disability and was easy to pick on and was preyed on before this incident.

“There was an element of bullying which got out of hand,” he said.

“What you had in mind is open to question, but I take the view you terrified the victim, frightened him and tortured him physically and mentally and imprisoned him in his own home.”

Julia King, prosecuting, said 22-year-old Mr Boulton had learning difficulties and lived at The Fairway, Newhall.

Early last year the two defendants regularly went to his home.

She said Paterson had left belongings there and had been in dispute with Mr Boulton because he wanted to move into the victim’s house.

On January 10 last year, Paterson saw Mr Boulton and had headbutted him on the nose and left the house.

Later, both defendants returned and had been drinking.

Overnight Mr Boulton suffered a sustained assault during which he was punched and kicked.

The prosecutor said: “He was repeatedly cut with a bread knife, which was also held to his throat, a glass was thrown at him and he was hit with a dumbbell which was dropped on his foot, breaking a toe.”

She said Mr Boulton had suffered a series of superficial wounds to his head, face and legs and he was stopped from leaving by the defendants who locked the doors and removed the keys. One of the keys was found in Paterson’s pocket when he was arrested.

Paterson had a substantial criminal record for violence and possession of a firearm and McCombe had convictions for robbery, burglary and possession of offensive weapons.

Clive Stockwell, defending for McCombe, said the quarrel had been between Paterson and the victim and he had been drinking and stupidly became involved.

Timothy Palmer, defending for Paterson, said there was little he could say on behalf of his client.

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  • Burton Mail  |  April 13 2011, 11:13AM

    Both of tbese delinquents have a history of violence, what they did to that poor man is disgustimg, yet they only got 6 years and the other 4, they will probably be out on parole even sooner! What a wonderful justice system we have!!!!!!!