A FAMILY has been describing the horrific legacy of a brutal attack by three men on a teenager in Pensnett.
The 16-year-old, from Kingswinford, was beaten unconscious and left with a broken jaw by the men, who are all members of the same family, in July last year. He has been left with injuries which doctors say may never heal.
Gareth Attwood, 21, and Andrew Attwood, 46, from Fens Crescent, along with 23-year-old Aaron Attwood from Westwood Street, denied wounding but were found guilty at the end of their trial.
The victim's father, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "He had to have an operation to have his jaw wired, now sometimes his jaw locks and he has to push it back up. They said this is something he could be left with for life.
"When it dislocates it is very painful and quite barbaric, he physically has to punch his jaw up. They have suggested he should hold his jaw up when he yawns to stop it from opening too far."
At Wolverhampton Crown Court he jury heard how the men attacked the lad and his friend, aged 19, on Fens Pool Nature Reserve because they thought they had been throwing stones at the family home.
The 16-year-old was attacked with bricks, sticks and a baseball bat, he suffered a broken jaw, a broken broken finger and a tooth was knocked out. His back and arm were also severely bruised.
His friend sustained non-serious injuries to his legs.
The 16-year-old's father added: "The last 12 months have been very hard to deal with, I am glad it is behind us and we can get on with our lives.
"It knocked my son's confidence when it happened but I am hoping, because he is so young, there are not going to be any long term effects.
"The police and witness support at the court did a fantastic job."
Gareth and Aaron Attwood were remanded in custody. Andrew Attwood was released on court bail. All three will be sentenced in July.