Five men have been jailed for a violent attack on a dog owner in Rotherham.

Stefan Kroscen, 20, Rudolph Kroscen, 23, and Ludovik Kroscen, 18, were all jailed for at least two and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court. 

Two other men, aged 15 and 16 who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also jailed for 12 months for their involvement in the attack, which left the victim with serious injuries. 

The investigating officer, PC Danielle Hardman, said: “This was a brutal assault. This ordeal will stay with the victim for the rest of his life, leaving him scarred both physically and mentally.”

On 23 May this year, the victim was unloading his car when his dog ran off to approach Rudolph Kroscen. When he went over to retrieve his pet, Rudolph punched him in the face.

After punching Kroscen back in self-defence, Stefan Kroscen, Ludovik Kroscen and the two unidentified males joined the attack.

The victim ended up on the ground, where he was continuously kicked and punched. His attackers also used a broken stick to assault him. The attack only came to an end when a member of the public intervened. 

The attack caused serious injuries, including cuts to the eye and head, as well as a bleed on the brain. 

All five men pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and Stefan Kroscen was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on 28 October. All the other perpetrators were sentenced at earlier hearings. 

Rudolph Kroscen was sentenced to three years, Ludovik Kroscen was sentenced to two years and six months and the two unidentified men were sentenced to one year each.