July 31 2014 Latest news:
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Two men who attacked a customer with a metal bar as he sat in a chair having his hair cut at a barber’s shop have been jailed.
Aaron Mathias was at the Cutting Lounge in Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, on January 11 when Darrell Malone and Nathan Bartrum burst in and hit him on the back of the head with something hard, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Mr Mathias jumped out of the chair and tried to get away from the two men but found himself cornered, said Lynne Shirley, prosecuting.
The men took Mr Mathias to the floor and repeatedly kicked the left side of his body and hit him with the metal bar.
As the men left, Mr Mathias got to his feet and shouted out: “I’m still standing” which resulted in them returning and attacking him again, Miss Shirley said.
Eight people were in the salon at the time of the attack, including a 14-year-old boy.
As a result of the attack, Mr Mathias had cuts to the back of his head and his forearm and bruising to his shoulder, forearm and thigh, Miss Shirley told the court.
Malone, 22, of Harvey Road, Colchester, and Bartrum, 24, of Havergate Road, Ipswich, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and possessing a metal bar as an offensive weapon.
Jailing Malone for two years and Bartrum for 18 months, Judge John Holt said they had repeatedly kicked Mr Mathias and hit him with the metal bar.
Simon Gladwell, for both defendants, said they knew what they had done was wrong and regretted their behaviour.
He said they had been upset after Mr Mathias accused them of being involved in a burglary which they denied being responsible for.
He said the defendants had seen Mr Mathias as they walked past the barber’s shop and had found the bar by some bins.