Bat-wielding brothers left woman and children cowering in fear at Wolverhampton home

Two brothers wielding brick and baseball bats launched a violent attack on a house in Wolverhampton, leaving a woman and her children cowering in fear and covered in shards of glass, a court heard.

Wolverhampton Crown Court
Wolverhampton Crown Court

Lukon and Stephen Straker repeatedly struck windows with baseball bats and hurled rocks at the house on Cannock Road on January 18.

They were each jailed for nine months at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday.

The court heard the pair visited the address seeking revenge after Lukon Straker had been involved in a fight with the homeowner's son earlier in the day.

Around £8,000 worth of damage was caused to the house during the attack.

Miss Alka Brigue, prosecuting, told the court: "Lukon Straker had been involved in a fight with the victim's son and he and his brother sought him out at his mother's address.

"She heard the sound of breaking glass and saw the brothers throwing bricks at the windows.

"Lukon Straker was witnessed repeatedly striking windows with a baseball bat. He was in a complete rage."

Miss Brigue said the attack left the occupants in a state of fear and distress.

"The homeowner was extremely upset," she continued.

"Her children were present and one of her daughters had glass sprayed over her. They were terrified by what was going on.

"The woman has lived in the house for 21 years and saw her children grow up there. Seeing it damaged to such an extent has really knocked her back."

Miss Brigue added windows, doors, window frames, a stereo and a settee were damaged during the attack.

The court was told Stephen Straker was arrested at his home address in Bushbury at 9am on January 21.

His brother handed himself into police later on the same day.

Defending the Straker's, Mr Gurdeep Garcha, said: "They both regret what happened. Lukon Straker had been assaulted by the woman's son and he and his brother stupidly went to the family home to discuss what had happened.

"When the man refused to come out of the house they lost the plot and lashed out towards the property.

"They both know the previous assault goes some way to explaining the incident, but it does not excuse it."

Lukon Straker, aged 23, of Old Fallings Crescent in Wolverhampton and Stephen Straker, aged 24, of Europa Gardens, Wolverhampton, both pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

They were each sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay £1,000 each in compensation.