A MAN who was sitting down with his family for a meal was suddenly attacked by a mob who burst through his front door.
Stephen Lee Edwards was hit with a metal bar, was bitten on the back, and was cut to the hand with a Rambo-style knife during the terrifying incident at Holywell.
Mold Crown Court heard on Friday how his partner was screaming at them to stop.
There were children present and they were petrified as events unfolded.
There was no real explanation for the attack by five men, apart from an incident the night before when Mr Edwards, a father of seven, had been involved in an altercation with some local youths.
Darren Thomas, 27, of Nant y Coed, Holywell – who led the attack and who was branded the ring-leader – was jailed for 27 months.
Kurt Davies, 24, of Maes Lygan, Pentre Halkyn, was jailed for two years and Dylan Bellis, 18, Basingwerk Avenue in Holywell, received two years youth custody.
All three admitted a grievous bodily harm charge following the incident in January.
The judge, Mr Recorder John Philpotts, said that on the evening of January 11, Mr Edwards, his partner and children were in their own home eating takeaway food when a group of five people including the defendants burst into their home.
Thomas was in possession of a metal bar, and Bellis a bat.
All five trespassers including the three defendants set about Mr Edwards, punching him, kicking him, and he was struck with the bar.
He was held around the throat, he was bitten to the back or shoulder, and someone in that group, it was not known who, had a Rambo-style knife which the victim believed was used to cause a cut to his hand.
It all happened in front of children who were terrified.
Thomas, the judge said, continued to deny being involved even after his victim’s blood was found on his clothing.
Mr Philpotts said Thomas, who had a record for violence, was the ring leader.
Prosecuting barrister Sion ap Mihangel said there was no real explanation for why it had happened.
The previous evening Mr Edwards had been burning some items in the back, a group of youths gathered and began shouting abuse at him, and there had been some ill-feeling arising out of that.
In a victim impact statement Mr Edwards, who had been taken to hospital for treatment, told how they now locked all doors, he had flashbacks to what happened, he felt scared and now rarely went into town any more.
He said he had been stopped by friends of the defendants who wanted him to drop the charges, but he would not do so.
“They should not have come into my house and assaulted me and stabbed me,” he said.
His partner Sarah McCullock told how she felt as if she had been ‘fighting for her life’.
She could not believe what was taking place and had been trying to protect them all.
A neighbour disturbed by the noise told how she saw the group run from the property and said that a youth was holding a Rambo-style knife.
Police arrived and found a very upset household.
Myles Wilson, for Thomas, said that unusually the victim’s partner had felt able to write a reference on his client’s behalf.
The defendant was a hard working young man who also did charity work. He had been due to do a parachute jump for charity.
Mr Wilson said that Bellis was only 17 at the time and had acted completely out of character.
Gareth Roberts, for Davies, said he had been out having a drink and got carried along with it.
Davies had sole custody of a little boy and was a hard worker.