Brothers guilty over Sandridge stabbing

TWO brothers have been found guilty after a row between neighbours ended with a man suffering a knife wound and armed police surrounding a house last December.

Patrick Lennon, 24, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm, affray and criminal damage and James Lennon, 18, was found guilty of affray and criminal damage. Both men live in St Leonard’s Crescent, Sandridge.

They were arrested on Sunday, December 18, after an early morning row with neighbour Nick Chesham, 30, turned violent.

Patrick Lennon attacked the victim after he challenged the brothers when he saw them vandalising his car. The Lennon brothers returned to their home and Patrick came back out with two knives.

Mr Chesham suffered a cut to his neck and a wound to his left arm, which required intensive treatment due to nerve and vascular damage.

James Lennon was arrested by officers at the scene and his brother Patrick was later found hiding in the loft of his home.

The brothers have been remanded in custody and are due to be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on August 3. The judge has indicated they will both be given lengthy sentences.

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Commenting on the case Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Loveday said: “The police, with the assistance of their partners and the public, have worked hard to tackle previous issues involving these men in St Leonard’s Crescent.

“The public should be reassured that the police will deal with offenders robustly to keep St Albans a safe city to live in, and will continue working hard to improve the already low levels of crime and anti-social behaviour that we have.”