Published: 17:38, 14 June 2018
| Updated: 17:43, 14 June 2018
Two brothers who sought revenge after one of them was repeatedly stabbed and left fighting for his life have avoided being locked up.
Perry Mulholland was in December 2016 run down by two cars, then chased and knifed at least six times in the back, legs and arms as he lay defenceless on the ground.
The attack in Upbury Way, Chatham, was said to be the climax of a long-running feud over a girl.
Kaylli Stephens, brothers Ibrahiem and Mohammed Rahim and Krystian Basciuk, all from Chatham, were later cleared of attempted murder.
The Rahim brothers and Basciuk were convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Stephens admitted the offence.
Stephens, who carried out the stabbing, was in February this year jailed for nine years and 10 months under an extended sentence for public protection. He will have to serve two thirds before the parole board will consider his release.
Ibrahiem Rahim, 19, was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years youth custody, Mohammed Rahim, 22, to nine years imprisonment and Polish-born Basciuk, 20, to seven-and-a-half years youth custody.
Maidstone Crown Court heard before the case came to trial Mulholland, 18, and his 26-year-old brother Alfie confronted Basciuk in Chatham town centre.
Polish-born Basciuk was walking along in the early evening of August 15 last year when he heard a car behind him.
Alfie Mulholland then ran up from behind and struck the victim on the side of the head with a brick.
Prosecutor Simon Taylor said as the attack continued, Mulholland told Basciuk: “You want to stab my brother, you little ----.”
Perry Mulholland, of Melbourne Road, was armed with a kitchen knife and was moving towards the victim, but his brother stopped him, saying: “Get in the car. It’s not worth it.”
Basciuk was treated in Medway Hospital for multiple bruises to the front and rear of his scalp. “He didn’t hang around very long,” said Mr Taylor.
Alfie Mulholland, of Ward Close, Hoo, told police: “Next time I see him I will lay him out. I will kill him. I don’t care if it’s a threat to kill. He stabbed my brother nine times.”
Mr Taylor said each of the brothers had previous convictions. Perry Mulholland was sentenced to detention and training last year for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Alfie Mulholland admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and Perry Mulholland admitted threatening the victim with a blade.
They had denied the charges but changed their pleas to guilty after a jury had been sworn in.
Alfie Mulholland was sentenced to nine months custody suspended for two years with 100 hours unpaid work.
Perry Mulholland was sentenced to nine months youth custody suspended for two years and will be under a tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am for two months.
Recorder David Osborne told Perry Mulholland: “I have to take into account the unusual level of provocation in this case.
“While the courts remain resolute in condemnation of revenge attacks, I cannot ignore the fact you have been subject to attacks by the complainant and associates.
“It culminated in a sustained attack on Perry Mulholland which could have resulted in his death.”
It was to Alfie Mulholland’s credit, he said, that he stopped his brother getting to the victim with the knife.
“It is a good job you did,” he said. “It is a matter of good luck, frankly, that the injuries sustained were not more serious.”
Perry Mulholland said he was carrying a knife because he was concerned about his own safety.
“But you of all people must understand terrible wounds can be inflicted by weapons of that type,” said Recorder Osborne.
“I do want you to reflect for one moment on what might have happened here. There is a chance you may have ruined lives all around you, including your own, in a moment of madness.
“If something had gone wrong the pair of you would be looking at a life sentence. You would not be released until the two of you are older than I am. You might like to reflect on how close you came.”
Alfie Mulholland, who lives with his partner and her children, told Recorder Osborne: “I promise you I won’t be back here again.”
At the previous trial, Stephens admitted he stabbed Perry Mulholland, then 16, “to show him a lesson”, and claimed he stopped when he realised he had gone too far.
In August 2015, Ibrahiem Rahim, known as Mo, Mohammed Rahim and Stephens went to Perry Holland’s family home. There was a confrontation and Ibrahim Rahim lifted his jumper to show he had a knife.
There was a fight and the three were chased away by Perry’s mother. The next day, the two brothers returned and attacked Perry Mulholland’s father in the street with a knuckle duster.
Mr Mulholland was unwell at the time and later died of cancer.
On December 8 2016, Perry told his mother Mohammed Rahim had chased him and tried to stab him.
Mrs Mulholland phoned Rahim and warned him: “You dare touch my son, I’ll kill you.” He replied: “Your son is a dead man.”
The next afternoon, Stephens waved a pair of surgical scissors at Mr Mulholland and shouted: “Your boy’s getting this tonight.”
The threat was carried out later that day.
Judge David Griffith-Jones QC told jurors at the end of the trial: “Thank you for your diligence for applying yourselves to the somewhat gruesome task in this case.”
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