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Brothers hit neighbour as nasty street brawl spills into family home


A pair of brothers who fought with a neighbour before stamping on him and striking him with a metal pole have been put behind bars.

Rudolph and Ludovik Kroscen were both sent to jail for their significant role in a frightening attack on another man who was badly beaten by four members of the same family in May 2021.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Rudolph, 23, had been involved in a verbal conflict with his neighbour in Rotherham before launching a punch as he passed by the family home on May 23, reports Yorkshire Live.

The fight then came to a head and spilled into the Kroscen family home where Ludovik, 18, became involved along with several other people.

Judge Graham Reeds QC went on to describe how their victim came to be kicked, stamped on and hit repeatedly with a metal pole.

During sentencing he said: “On May 23 a dispute between you, your family and a neighbour boiled over into very serious violence.

“I have watched the CCTV recording with care. I have no doubt you, Rudolph Kroscen, started the violence by punching the victim as he passed by your house.”

Judge Reeds referred to a separate recording from the previous day during which Rudolph Kroscen was said to be on the end of some insulting words from his neighbour.

He added: “He did no more than that until you punched him. He then retaliated and a fight between you and him spilled into your family home.

“I am prepared to accept you, Ludovik Kroscen, believed at that point your brother and perhaps your family was under attack.

“Even though that was how the incident started, if that is all that happened, the violence would have been relatively minor and the injuries would not have been significant.”

Judge Reeds, who was helped by an interpreter as the two defendants listened, stated that five people came out of the house and four of them began to attack their victim.

He said: “He was punched and kicked by all of you.

“When he was put to the ground he was stamped on. When his partner came out to help holding a metal police, the pole was taken off her and she was dragged away by your mother.

“Then you, Ludovik Kroscen, hit him with several blows with the metal pole followed by eight or so powerful kicks to the head.

“As you did this, he was still being attacked by the rest of the group. This was a prolonged and persistent group attack.”

The court heard the Kroscens’ victim was taken to hospital by ambulance and suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage – a bleed between the skull and the membrane protecting the brain.

However, he refused treatment and discharged himself but has since had to move house in the wake of the violent ordeal.

The court heard both brothers were in the bottom one per cent of the population for overall intelligence and functioning and had learning difficulties.

They both admitted one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at the lower court in a previous hearing.

Rudolph Kroscen was sentenced to three years in jail and Ludovik Kroscen was sent to prison for two years and six months.

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