Long standing bad feeling between young men in Aspley Guise boiled over and led to one man being struck on the back of the head by another, a court heard.
As word spread in the village his mother and uncle arrived at the scene in Bedford Road, and joined in the disturbance, causing criminal damage to a front door.
On Friday all three stood in the dock at Luton Crown Court where Judge Michael Kay QC jailed the man for 15 months and told his mother and uncle that they should have tried to calm the situation rather than ‘wade’ in and commit damage.
The court also heard that on a different occasion the woman had caused damage at the home of another son after some ill feeling had built up between them.
The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting the victim, causing actual bodily harm on Nov 22 last year and two charges of criminal damage.
His 42-year-old mother pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage. They have now moved out of the area. She was given a 12 month community order, with 100 hours unpaid work and a two month curfew. She was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 compensation for the door and £3,000 compensation for damage to her son’s home.
The 55-year-old uncle pleaded guilty to criminal damage and a public order offence. He was given a 12 month community order, a two month curfew and ordered to pay £15 compensation and £200 costs.
Prosecutor for the defendant said on November 22 2013 the victim and some friends were followed by the son after smirks had been exchanged outside the local Co-op.
He pulled into his drive and the son blocked him in. There was an argument outside the house and when his back was turned he was hit over the head with something metal. He was down on his hands and knees, being punched when the older defendants turned up.
The victim and his friends escaped inside the house but could hear banging on the door and windows. The door was damaged, a window broken and a car window smashed. The victim had a cut on his head needing four stitches.
Defence for the son said: “This incident was entirely out of character but followed years of difficulties between his family and others in the village. It seems some took an exception to the slight Mediterranean colour of his skin, and things had been simmering for a good deal of time.
“He has a good job and has moved away and has no desire to return to the area.”
Stephen Halloran, for the uncle said: “He was told his nephew was in trouble and when he arrived he could see the melee going on. He got involved because he was concerned for his nephew’s safety.”
Andrew Morton for the mother, a cook, said she was also concerned for her son and aimed a few kicks at the door.
He said the damage she caused at her other son’s property in June 2013 happened when emotions got the better of her.