Brothers launch 'frenzied' attack on vulnerable man at his Anglesey home

Holyhead brothers Gareth Hughes, 43, and Peter Hughes, 35, both grievous bodily harm without intent
Holyhead brothers Gareth Hughes, 43, and Peter Hughes, 35, both grievous bodily harm without intent -Credit:North Wales Police

Two Anglesey brothers carried out a “frenzied and unprovoked” attack on a vulnerable man in his own home. The victim was left with multiple injuries after he was punched, stamped and hit by a thrown TV.

Gareth Hughes and his younger brother Peter Hughes forced their way into the victim’s home in Holyhead on November 4, 2023. The man opened his front door believing a friend was visiting.

Once inside, they began intimidating him, falsely claiming he was planning to assault one of the brothers. They then began violently attacking him, causing him to fear for his life.

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The victim was left with broken ribs, multiple facial fractures and damaged vision. North Wales Police said the attack stopped when he convinced his assailants the allegations were untrue. Once the brothers left, he called the police and was taken to hospital due to the extent of his injuries.

They were both remanded into custody until sentencing. To protect the victim, the brothers were also handed a 10-year restraining order. The North Wales Live Whatsapp community for top stories and breaking news is live now - here’s how to sign up

Gareth Hughes, 43, of Maes yr Haf, Holyhead, and Peter Hughes, 35, of Cleveland Crescent, Holyhead, were both sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court on Tuesday, April 16.

The pair admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. Each was handed jail terms of three years and three months. Get the best local stories in our Anglesey newsletter - sent every Friday

Investigating officer Det Con Kathleen Barrell said: “This was a horrific and unprovoked attack against a vulnerable man in his own home. The impact it has had on the victim is far further reaching than the physical injuries he sustained. His mental health has suffered considerably as a consequence.

“I welcome the sentence and hope it sends a clear message that we will pursue those who cause most harm in our community. Violent crime will not be tolerated, and we will do everything we can to ensure residents feel safe in their communities.”

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