James and Peter Weeks, who beat to death a man after a row over a “gay slur”, have been jailed for more than 13 years. They attacked “blameless” Ian O’Mahoney when he stepped in to defend his friend Barry Tatan outside the White Hart pub in Eltham, south-east London.
Mr Tatan had insulted the brothers at a different pub on August 28 last year by drunkenly suggesting that James Weeks was gay, a court heard. The brothers pursued him down the road to the White Hart where they punched Mr Tatan repeatedly in the face.
When Mr O’Mahoney intervened he was flung to the floor and cracked his head on the pavement, then punched by Peter Weeks “for good measure” as he lay on the ground.
An Old Bailey jury last week found both brothers guilty of manslaughter at the end of a trial.
Judge John Bevan QC today sentenced Peter Weeks, 29, who has a history of drunken violence, to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
James Weeks, 27, a former soldier with a clean record, was jailed for six years.