Brothers cleared of attack

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Two brothers have been acquitted of threatening a friend with a shotgun after accusing him of “grassing” about a cannabis factory.

Ryan Howard, 24, of Monastery Court, Hadleigh, and Robert Howard, 21, of Main Road, Kesgrave, went on trial at Ipswich Crown Court last week.

Hugh Vass, prosecuting, alleged that the brothers had collected Konrad Butler from his home in Ipswich before taking him to a caravan site where he had a shotgun pressed against his face.

Mr Butler was said to have been assaulted while being told by Ryan Howard: “You grassed us up.”

Mr Vass told the jury that the comment related to the discovery of a cannabis-growing operation at the site.

After being struck on the head with a knuckle duster by Robert Howard, Mr Butler fell to the ground and only managed to escape after pulling the two brothers to the ground as well, claimed Mr Vass.

Giving evidence, Ryan Howard denied attacking Mr Butler and said the allegations were a fabrication.

The pair were found not guilty by a jury on all charges against them.

After the verdicts were returned, Judge John Devaux told the brothers that they were free to leave court.