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Brothers jailed for attack after wake in Hertfordshire

Andrew and Edward Cash
Image caption Andrew and Edward Cash attacked their cousin after a disagreement following a family wake

Two brothers from London have each been jailed for eight years after admitting attacking a cousin following a family wake in Hertfordshire.

Andrew Cash, 33, and Edward Cash, 21, attacked Miles O'Connor with a knife and baseball bat at Leaside Caravan Park in Wormley when he was sleeping.

The younger brother repeatedly stabbed him in the head, face, leg and groin.

The elder hit his cousin between 20 and 30 times with the baseball bat, St Albans Crown Court heard.

The brothers pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The attack came after the three had attended a wake at The Old Star Pub in in Broxbourne on 31 October last year.

Kate Tompkins, prosecuting, said Edward Cash had taken exception to something Mr O'Connor said and there was a confrontation between the two.

After Mr O'Connor had gone to sleep the brothers, from Enfield in north London, burst into a caravan to carry out a sustained attack, the court heard. Edward Cash inflicted at least 10 stab wounds on his cousin.

The lawyer repersenting the two brothers said Andrew's wife had given him an ultimatum to give up crime of any kind.

For Edward he said the incident was totally out of character as he had never been in trouble before.

Judge Stephen Warner said: "When you had him at your mercy in that confined space what followed was a sustained and frenzied attack by both of you."

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