The violent brothers who left have-a-go hero facing blindness

Adam Lewis (left) and Michael Sherry
Adam Lewis (left) and Michael Sherry

Two brothers have been caged for 13 years after they ram-raided a Co-op, punched a vigilante and drove a stolen getaway car into police.

The pair reversed a stolen Honda 4x4 into the Brackley store, in High Street, before storming in with large carrier bags and filling them with £6,000 of tobacco.

A nearby resident, woken by the crash, took the keys from the 4x4 but when Adam Lewis, 27, noticed the keys were missing from the ignition, he punched and kicked a different man - tearing his eye-socket - and stole keys to a Mini Cooper from him.

Lewis and brother Michael Sherry, 31, then reversed the Mini into a police car and crashed into three other cars - including a Mercedes - as they sped away.

The pair, from Banbury, swerved past lorries and drove the wrong way around a roundabout but police stingers stopped them shortly afterwards and arrested them.

Lewis was jailed for eight-and-a-half years and banned from driving for seven years.

Sherry was given five years and four months for the part he played, which was committed while on conditional discharge for shoplifting.

The ram raid happened in the early hours of September 3 last year and they were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday.

Chotalia Satya, in mitigation for Lewis, said his client is ‘disgusted with himself’ for the attack on the passerby and would like to ‘meet with him to apologise’.

Lewis has been in prison before and has a history of 75 offences including shoplifting and taking vehicles.

He pleaded guilty to seven charges, including aggravated taking without consent of a vehicle, burglary, grievous and actual bodily harm, robbery of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and failing to provide a breath specimen.

Sherry also has a history of theft and burglary offences, as well as assault and drug-related crime.

He admitted aggravated taking without consent of the vehicle and the burglary of the Co-op.

Judge Timothy Smith said: “This is more serious than a normal burglary as it involved deliberate planning, a stolen vehicle, damage to premises, breach of peace and significant dangerous driving.”

Lewis was given a sentence of four years and nine months custody for the burglary and three years and five months for GBH to run concurrently, as well as 12 months consecutively for dangerous driving.

Sherry received two concurrent sentences of nine months, 10 months and four years and five months for the burglary and car theft.

Both were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 each.

Detective Inspector Phil Mills said: “I welcome the sentence handed down by the judge in this case.

“This was a particularly nasty incident which saw two members of the public injured as they intervened, one of them significantly.

“The incident had a big impact on many people in Brackley with Lewis and Sherry showing little regard for their many victims in their pursuit to steal cigarettes, committing a multitude of crimes along the way.

“I would like to thank those who stepped-in for their bravery, especially the members of the public who were injured as a result of their actions.