Man beaten in partner's Burnley home after two-year Facebook row
TWO men who kicked in the front door of a house in Burnley, after a two-year Facebook row, and beat their target with a wrench and step ladders, will learn their fate today.
Sean Robinson, 24, and Tom Morley, 20, kicked the front door of the property in Kime Street off its hinges then wrenched a bedroom door at the property off in a bid to teach Philip Bell ‘a lesson’, the town’s crown court was told.
Witnesses later found a battered and bruised Mr Bell underneath the bedroom door, the court heard.
Robinson, of Thompson Street, Burnley, and Morley, of Whitegate Close, Padiham, each admitted aggravated burglary, on October 17.
Judge Beverley Lunt warned the pair they faced jail terms having inflicted ‘nasty, nasty injuries’.
Prosecutor Stephen Parker said Mr Lord had been in a relationship with Demi Lord one of Robinson’s ex-partners. But there had been animosity between the men and they arranged to have a ‘fight’ at the Tim Bobbin public house, the court was told.
Mr Parker said when Mr Bell turned up at the pub he overheard Robinson talking with friends and feared he was going to be outnumbered, so left to go home.
Later that night Miss Lord was at home, and Mr Bell in an upstairs bedroom, when she heard kicks to the front door and found Robinson and Morley outside, trying to find the third man. They were armed with a screwdriver and black-handled wrench.
She told them he was not there and they walked off, returning when they reached the end of the street – forcing Miss Lord to flee to a neighbour’s house.
Mr Parker said Mr Bell was still in the bedroom when the door flew off its hinges and Robinson and Morley burst in, each aiming punches and kicks at him. He could see the wrench and screwdriver and at one point a pair of stepladders were thrown at him.
One of the men eventually said ‘leave it’ and the pair left the house. One of Miss Lord’s neighbours later found Mr Bell and called 999.
Tim Brennand, for Robinson, said that for two years there had been taunts and insults via Facebook and text message. And instead of allowing police to resolve the matter he decided to ‘teach him a lesson’. Morley had allowed himself to get involved in the row.