Brother kicked brother in row

AN argument between two brothers turned physical and ended before the courts after one kicked the other in the groin.

High Peak magistrates were told that in recent months Carl Alfred Whittle, 27, had not been paying his share of the rent.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, prosecuting, said: “Craig Whittle is the brother of this defendant and they have been sharing an address on Market Street in Hayfield.

“An argument began between the two brothers about not paying a share of rent and issues over food.

“The argument continued in the front room and the defendant went to leave. He reached the front door but turned round and walked back to his brother and kicked him in the groin area.

“The police were then called and the defendant was said to have calmed down and waited for the police to attend.”

The court was told that Whittle, who is partially sighted, had suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2001 which his family said had led to him having a short temper and anger issues.

Carl Whittle, who was not represented, told the court: “I apologise for how far things got with my family. It shouldn’t have come to this.”

He said he was hoping to move to a new address.

Carl Whittle said he had taken issue with comments made about his parenting skills and also believed his brother Craig had wanted to go out with the girl he had been seeing.

Magistrate Gerry Walliss said: “We are not going to award compensation as we feel it might be fuelling the fire between yourself and your brother and we would rather not do that. “Hopefully you will sort your family life out and sort yourself out and move on from there. We don’t want to see you back in here.”

Whittle was conditionally discharged for 12 months. He was ordered to pay £85 costs.