A teenager who was part of a gang who burst into a house and terrified a pregnant woman and her partner has been handed a suspended sentence.
Joseph Padden, 19, raided the house in Burnley with his brother Ray Padden, 20, and Bradley Reid, and assaulted the householder.
Preston Crown Court that heard on August 14 2020, the couple were in bed but could hear shouting from the street outside.
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Ayrton Campbell went to the window and shouted at the men to be quiet as they were keeping his eight months pregnant partner awake.
Kim Obrusik, prosecuting, told the court Reid then started kicking at the front door of the house.
Mr Campbell went downstairs but when he opened the door, Reid pushed his way into the house and set upon the occupant in the living room.
He shouted at Ray Padden to ‘get the dog on him’ – although the dog did not actually take part in the attack, Ms Obrusik said.
All three men remained in the house, raining punches and blows on Mr Campbell as he curled into a ball to protect himself. It only stopped when Mr Campbell’s partner came downstairs and said she had called the police, Ms Obrusik told the court.
As Mr Campbell tried to shut the door behind his attackers, Reid put his foot in the frame to block it.
Scared they would return inside, and fearful for the safety of his partner and their unborn child, Mr Campbell went outside where the men pinned him against a wall and continued the attack.
He suffered bruises and dizziness and suffers ongoing psychological effects from the incident, the court heard.
Joseph Padden, of Lodge Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to ABH and affray.
Mark Stuart, defending, said: “It is plain that while Joseph Padden is involved his role is different from that of Bradley Reid and his brother.
“He played his part and now he has got to pay his penalty.
“He is 19 now, he was 18 at the time of the offence. There are 11 months between him and his brother – he should never have got involved on that particular night.
“His role was perhaps the most limited of the three.”
Judge Richard Gioserano, sentencing, said: “This was disgraceful conduct and I don’t accept for a moment the suggestion that Mr Campbell did anything to start this.
“He simply opened the window and asked you to keep it down because his pregnant partner was trying to sleep.
“You behaved like a pack of animals.
“You played very much a lesser role in this but nevertheless you still went in and joined in the attack on him. You still carried on when Mr Campbell was outside.
“He behaved with courage trying to protect his pregnant partner.
“This was a prolonged and persistent assault.”
The judge handed Padden an eight month sentence suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation days.
He also put him on a curfew from 9pm to 6am for four months and ordered him to pay compensation to his victims.
At an earlier hearing, Raymond Padden was handed a 13 month sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work, a six month curfew and compensation.
At the same hearing, Reid was handed a two year community order after spending a significant period on remand in prison.
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