A girl had her eyebrows shaved off at a party in Broadstairs and chaos unfolded

The incident subsequently led to a massive brawl that saw three men drive to the party and “brutally attack the children and destroy” a home

Conor Harper

Conor Harper


Three men who ‘smashed a Broadstairs house to smithereens’ in a brawl sparked by a girl’s shaved eyebrows have been locked up.

Ian McGill, 49, his son Charlie McGill, 20, of Dane Court Road in Margate and Colin Harper, 21, of Southwood Gardens Ramsgate were jailed today (December 8) after using physical violence and “beating up a party of young people and smashing a home to smithereens.”

The trio had denied affray and causing criminal damage but were convicted after a trial.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how on June 4 last year, a young girl had her eyebrows shaved as she fell asleep at a party, causing her to be “very upset”.

The incident subsequently led to a massive brawl that saw the three men drive to the party and “brutally attack the children and destroy” the home.

Prosecuting, Gregory Wedge said: “Injuries were caused and a lot of people suffered injuries that caused hospital treatment.”

Calling the actions by the men a “massive overreaction”, judge James O’Mahony sentenced Ian McGill, of Hereson Road, to three years in prison, and Charlie McGill and Colin Harper to 18 months in a young ffenders’ institution for affray and criminal damage.

Calling it a “brutal act”, Judge O’Mahony said: “There was a party at Broadstairs and Ian McGill, and Charlie McGill, with Conor Harper stupidly joining in, went to the house of one of the people concerned to teach them a brutal lesson.

“To use physical violence and beat up the party of people and smash the property to smithereens.

“Ian McGill had a knife and threatened to cut off the finger of a young boy. It was a frightening incident and an invasion of a home in the early hours and causing great damage.”

Pointing out that people who had nothing to do with the incident had suffered, he added: “What a great overreaction making people who had nothing to do with it suffer.

“Knowing that the young people there had nothing to do with the incident did not bother you and you did not care.

“Ian McGill, you were older but you drove the car there, instead of saying ‘hold on, let’s handle this some other way’.

“The young girls eyebrows was shaved which caused her to be very upset, but it was a massive overreaction.”

He also took into account that all three men had pleaded not guilty in the case.

Mr O’Mahony added: “You pleaded not guilty and tried to lie your way out of it.

“You said there was LSD being taken at the party but I completely reject (that).”

The courtroom, full of family and friends of the accused, erupted in a gasp as the sentencing was handed out.

Speaking after the sentencing, the owner of the home involved and mother of one of the children told Kent Live: “I am so relieved it is over. The judge was outstanding and told them off for what they were.

“My son was in the upstairs bedroom when one of the boys ran up to tell him they would kill him if he didn’t hide. My son jumped out from the first floor window in fear, knocking his teeth out.

She added: “At least three children jumped out of the window while another boy had a knife put to his fingers.

“They nearly destroyed my house and caused nearly £8,000 worth of damage. My living room was smashed to pieces and there was blood everywhere.

“They even said if the children told anyone they would find them and kill them. I am just relieved this is over.”

Kent Live

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