A gang of three rochdale men have been jailed after a brutal attack on a family in which a father was knifed seven times outside his home in Greave, Rochdale.
The 40 year old victim had been walking home for tea with his son and 10-year-daughter when they were accosted and attacked in the street. He was stabbed in his head, arm and chest. His 39 year old wife was battered with a plank of wood upon opening the door to their house on the notorious Greave estate in Rochdale.
The headlights on their car were also smashed and a brick was thrown at the family during the attack. The boy was also attacked by the gang.
Detectives launched an investigation after the attack happened on Greave Avenue in the town on October 19, 2008.
Craig O'Brien, 20, of Denehurst Road, Greave, was jailed for five years at Bolton crown court after he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Graham O'Brien, 28, also of Denehurst Road, Greave, received a nine months sentence and Christopher Walsh, 22, of Verdun Crescent, Rochdale, was jailed for 15 months.
Both had pleaded guilty to causing an affray.
The court was told that O'Brien was seen using a knife during the attack. The other two offenders, Walsh and Graham O'Brien were also involved.
Det Con John Schofield, from Rochdale CID, said: "This was a vile attack on a family who were just returning home for tea.
"The whole family were subjected to a ferocious attack by a group of men that not only left the dad with lasting scars from being stabbed but have left his family with deep-rooted emotional scars that may never fully heal.
"I hope that the result received today will help to some extent in allowing the family to move on and also send a clear message to the people who live on the Greave estate that such violent behaviour will not be tolerated."