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Family feud left Dudley man needing 500 stitches
11:17am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A FEUD between two families resulted in violence which left a Dudley man needing 500 stitches to a hand wound.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Recorder Christopher Goodchild said it was clear a number of injuries had been suffered by members of the two factions in what was a "long running feud."
One of those injuries was extremely serious, he added, as he stressed it was important a state of truce now existed between the two families.
He said someone appeared to have had a "good slice" of Neil Wells' hand during the street fight and maintained he could have declared a demilitarised zone to keep the two families apart.
Neil was given a one month curfew order and a 12 month restraining order. The restraining order was also imposed on his brother Richard and another man, Michael John.
Neil Wells, aged 46, Richard Wells, 42 both of Forrester Fold, Lower Gornal, and 18-year-old John of Bradford Road, Holly Hall, all admitted using threatening behaviour and possessing offensive weapons.
Richard Wells was given a three month supervision order while John was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community and placed on supervision for a year.
Edward Soulsby, prosecuting the three men, who were further each told to pay £150 costs, told the court no charges had been preferred against members of the other family.
He said there had been a great deal of animosity between the two families who were at "war" after the breakdown of a relationship between a member of the Wells' family and the other faction.
A young man had been threatened with a knuckleduster and as a result the three defendants went to the home of the other family armed with a variety of weapons including walking sticks.
Bricks were thrown at cars belonging to both families before a fight broke out in the street and the three defendants together with two men from the other party had to receive treatment for injuries including lacerations and bruising.
Ben Williams, for Neil Wells, said the defendants had gone to the scene with sticks when other weapons were clearly involved.
Satyia Chotalia, for Richard Wells, said he had simply been in the area and he had struck out with a walking stick when he saw his brother being stabbed.
The Recorder told the three defendants: "If you see a problem in the future you should turn around and walk in the other direction. I hope this is what you will do.
"I am not sentencing the other family - I am sentencing you. Why I am not sentencing the other family I am not sure. But I do not want this to happen again. Just look where this sort of thing can lead do - the crippling of a hand."