Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Felixstowe: 70-year-old cleared of unlawfully injuring neighbour after 73-year-old sustained 11 stab wounds

16:00 07 February 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A mentally ill Felixstowe pensioner has been cleared of unlawfully assaulting his next door neighbour during a row.

shares

John Hubbard was arrested and charged with attempting to murder Malcolm Hockley after Mr Hockley was taken to hospital with 11 wounds to his head, face, neck and thigh in May 2010.

Since then Hubbard, 70, has been detained under the Mental Health Act and earlier this week he was declared unfit to attend court.

As a result a jury was asked to listen to evidence from witnesses and decide in Hubbard’s absence if he caused Mr Hockley’s injuries and whether or not he was acting in reasonable self-defence.

After a two day hearing the jury said it was not satisfied that Hubbard had unlawfully injured Mr Hockley.

Announcing the decision the jury foreman commended the actions of Graham Roberts who bravely intervened in the incident.

During the hearing the court heard that Mr Hockley was allegedly attacked at his home in Exmoor Road, Felixstowe, by Hubbard after Mr Hockley complained about Hubbard banging, shouting and swearing at all hours of the day in his bungalow.

Valerie Charbit, prosecuting, told the court that Hubbard had a history of mental health problems and during the afternoon of May 29 Mr Hockley had become annoyed by him making banging noises and shouting to himself and had knocked on his lounge window and asked him to quieten down.

Mr Hockley returned to his bungalow but shortly afterwards Hubbard had walked in through the back door and allegedly stabbed him with a kitchen knife and attacked him with a spade.

At one stage 73-year-old Mr Hockley tried to defend himself with his walking stick but had fallen to the ground where he was allegedly kicked and punched by Hubbard.

Miss Charbit alleged that Hubbard told Mr Hockley he was going to “finish him” and when Mr Hockley asked him to stop because he would get into trouble Hubbard had allegedly replied: “I don’t care as long as I kill you.”

A woman who had been walking her dog went to Mr Hockley’s bungalow after hearing him calling for help and saw Hubbard kicking and punching Mr Hockley whose face was covered in blood.

She went to get help from Mr Roberts who lived nearby and he had managed to get between the two men until the emergency services arrived.

Mr Hockley was taken to hospital where he was found to have 11 stab wounds to his scalp, forehead, jaw, neck, cheek and left thigh and was kept in hospital for a week.

Hubbard was also injured in the incident and suffered a deep gash on his little finger.

shares
Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Love is the theme this week as venues in Ipswich celebrate Valentine’s Day with live music spanning from blues, reggae, rock and soul.

Poilce investigation work at the scene of the accident on the A12 at Martlesham Heath.

A 20-month-old little girl died on Friday afternoon after a crash on the A12 in Martlesham on Thursday.

Peppa Pig's Surprise

The half-term holiday is nearly here and Ipswich Borough Council has plenty of things to keep youngsters busy and active – whatever the weather.

The junior doctors strike at West Suffolk Hospital in bury.

A Suffolk hospital boss has denied supporting the imposing of a contract on junior doctors after his name appeared on the “key” letter that led to the decision.

Stock image of the area.

A teenage motorcyclist is in a critical condition in hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Ipswich last night.

Stock image.

A fire believed to have been caused by a mobile phone overheating under a quilt “destroyed” a bedroom in Colchester on Friday night.

The 30-acre Walton Green North field has been earmarked for housing by Suffolk Coastal.

Proposals have been put forward to build 385 new homes on the edge of Felixstowe – opposite another field where permission has been granted for 190.

Former footballer Marcus Bent. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Marcus Bent has escaped being sent to jail as he was sentenced for confronting two officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while in a “delusional” state under the influence of cocaine.

Collateral Drawing exhibition at UCS

Launch of `I Spy Drawing’ Family Art Club

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24