A former Glasgow gangland enforcer has been jailed following assaults at stables in Ribble Valley.
Blackburn magistrates heard staff at the stables in Gisburn had been threatened the previous night that “the Scottish Mafia” were coming down to sort them out.
Frank Carberry and his daughter, Nicole, turned up with the former tenant and during the fracas that followed a walking stick and a chain were used as weapons and a knife brandished.
Carberry (54), of Errol Gardens, Glasgow, was convicted after trial of assaulting Stephen Orrell, Peter Nolan and Martin Sutton. He was jailed for four months. His solicitor lodged notice of appeal against conviction and successfully applied for bail.
Nicole Carberry was convicted in her absence of assaulting Mr Nolan and Mr Orrell. She was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years.
Mr Scott Ainge (prosecuting) said a County Court order had been made against the former tenant of the stables, Nick Saville. He made the comment about the Scottish Mafia and was with Carberry, who is registered disabled, when he arrived and kicked open a gate.
Both Frank and Nicole Carberry demanded to see their horses before attacking Mr Nolan and Mr Orrell.
Both were hit on the head with the chain by Nicole, and Mr Nolan and Mr Orrell were both struck repeatedly with the stick by Frank Carberry.
When Mr Sutton – a former police detective inspector – asked what was going on, he was also struck with the walking stick by Frank Carberry, who the tried to grab his testicles. Frank Carberry then produced the knife and brandished it with a slashing movement towards Mr Sutton.
Mr Ainge said the violence had been premeditated: “True to the threat that had been made, these people came down from Scotland. They were carrying weapons and they were prepared to use them.”
Ms Krystal Savoie (defending Nicole Carberry) said she is five-and-a-half months pregnant. A pre-sentence report described her as vulnerable and raised concerns about the effect of a custodial sentence would have on her.
Mr Kristian Cavanagh (defending Frank Carberry) said his client accepted the inevitability of an immediate custodial sentence. He asked the magistrates to take into account his client’s ill health.
“He suffers from diabetes, arthritis and glaucoma and as a result is registered disabled,” said Mr Cavanagh.