Twins jailed over brutal assault at Peterborough house

Mark O'Reilly (l) and Paul O'Reilly (r). Photos: Cambridgeshire police
Mark O'Reilly (l) and Paul O'Reilly (r). Photos: Cambridgeshire police
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A pair of twins who brutally attacked a man, stabbing him a number of times over a drugs feud have been locked up.

Mark and Paul O’Reilly launched the assault on Dillon Currie after he accused Mark of stealing cannabis from him.

The attack on July 18 in Eastfield Road left Mr Currie with four stab wounds and both lungs collapsed.

On Monday Mark, of Fletton Fields, Peterborough was jailed for nine years and Paul, of Tait Close, Peterborough was locked up for eight years at Cambridge Crown Court.

Both men, aged 23, had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at a previous hearing.

Sara Walker, prosecuting, said: “Mr Currie was at a friend’s house in Eastfield Road when he saw the two brothers arriving.

“He hid in a bedroom, but the door burst open and the two men walked in.

“Paul threw a fire extinguisher, leaving Mr Currie with a cut to the head, and hit him with a piece of wood.

“Mark was armed with a knife. Mr Currie tried to escape when he felt a blow to his back and two to the side. He ran to the door screaming for help.”

The court was told Mr Currie made it to the Cavendish pub on Eastfield Road, where he was given first aid, before being airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he was a patient for a week.

The court was told Mr Currie had been growing cannabis when some went missing, and he thought Mark had stolen it.

Miss Walker also said Mr Currie’s girlfriend had been involved in an argument with Mark’s girlfriend a few months before the stabbing.

Both brothers had previous convictions for knife crime.

Georgina Gibbs, defending Mark, said her client had shown remorse, and his partner was expecting their second child in the new year.

Lawrence Bruce, defending Paul, said his client had pleaded guilty at an early stage, and had not carried out the stabbing.

Judge Mark Lurcraft, sentencing said: “One can only imagine the effect on someone receiving trauma of this type. It is likely to have an effect for some time.”

He said Mark should serve the longer sentence because he was the prime mover while Paul was acting out of loyalty.

Not guilty pleas were recorded for counts of attempted murder for both men.