Man attacked with bat and has dog set on him by brothers in brutal attack at barber shop

A vulnerable man was savagely attacked in a barbershop by two brutal brothers who set a dog on him and used weapons.

Damion and Lance McGann beat victim David Lake with a wooden bat and knuckle dusters and stamped on him in the ruthless attack.

The brothers had a grudge against Mr Lake because they believed that he had previously reported them to the police for robbery last year, Chronicle Live reports.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Mr Lake, who had a pre-existing brain injury, was getting his hair cut in South Shields when the McGann brothers burst in and savagely beat him.

Barry Robson, prosecuting, said: “Whatever their motive was, David Lake was getting his hair cut just after 5pm on February 24 when Lance McGann entered with a knuckle duster and Damion McGann entered shortly afterwards with a pit bull type terrier and what appeared to be a stick.

“Lance McGann immediately started attacking Mr Lake to the head and upper body with the knuckle duster and the dog, which was not on a lead, attacked Mr Lake, biting his calf.

“Lance McGann punched him and Damion McGann struck him with a wooden bat.

“Both defendants were seen stamping on someone on the ground and Damion was using a bat.”

“Lance McGann punched him and Damion McGann struck him with a wooden bat.”

He goes on to describe how they were seen stamping on someone on the ground, whilst Damion continued to use the wooden bat.

As a result, Mr Lake was take to hospital with a number of injuries.

Alongside the large gash on the top of his head, lacerations, swelling and soreness, Mr Lake had a dog bite to his calf.

In a victim impact statement Mr Lake said: “I’m very concerned for my well-being because of my brain injury.

“I’m worried I could fall asleep and die and I’m worried I could be attacked again and not be able to survive.

“The attack was cowardly. People might call me a grass but this has threatened my life and they can’t get away with it.”

The McGann brothers have 92 previous convictions between them.

Damien McGann, 39, has 68 including nine for violence and his brother Lance, 32, has 24 including GBH with intent.

Both brothers pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding after the prosecutors dropped the initial charge of wounding with intent.

They also both admitted to possessing an offensive weapon and were jailed for 30 months each.

Lance McGann’s license was extended for an extra year because he is classed as dangerous.

Recorder Ian Mullarkey told them: “The barber and other witnesses were terrified by what was happening in front of them.

“This was a sustained assault involving a variety of weapons – a knuckle duster, bat, dog and a shod foot.

“It’s a matter of good fortune he was not more seriously injured.

“This was a determined effort to administer a serious beating to him.”

The judge also went on to say that Damion McGann’s pre-sentence report shows he “believes violence is acceptable and lacks victim empathy.”

He went onto say they both pose a high risk of harm.

Speaking on behalf of Damion McGann, Jane Foley said that his time in prison on remand had been unpleasant.

Added to this, his 14-year-old son had had an accident and he felt “thoroughly helpeless in his current situation.”

Jo Kidd, for Lance McGann, said he is working as a cleaner in prison and trying to help other inmates.