Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich: Man who held three people hostage while brandishing a knife is jailed for seven years

18:51 21 March 2014

The knife brandished by Russell Ireland

The knife brandished by Russell Ireland

Archant

A man who went on a “violent rampage” which culminated in him holding an Ipswich family hostage at knifepoint for four hours had been jailed for seven years.

Russell IrelandRussell Ireland

During the incident armed officers and a police negotiator were called to a house in Cullingham Road where Russell Ireland was holding Angelo Paiva, his partner Maria Carvalho, who was eight months pregnant, and her sister, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The trio had been watching television on October 18 when 29-year-old Ireland walked in uninvited and said he “needed to lie low” after attacking a teenager earlier in the afternoon.

During the family’s ordeal Ireland confiscated their mobile phones and pulled out a knife from a pocket and pointed it at Mr Paiva, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

At one stage Ireland telephoned his aunt and told her he had walked into a house with a knife and she had contacted the police.

Eventually Ireland agreed to let Miss Carvalho leave the house and as she walked out to waiting police officers Ireland held a knife to Mr Paiva’s throat.

He then ordered Mr Paiva and his sister-in-law to go upstairs and held a knife close to her back while ordering police officers to move away from the house, said Mr Crimp.

The incident came to an end when Ireland agreed to let Mr Paiva and his sister-in-law leave the house and told police he would be waiting for them at the bottom of the stairs with his hands on his head.

Ireland, of no fixed address, admitted three offences of false imprisonment, making a threat to kill, assaulting a 16-year-old youth, burglary at the Kingsley House Hotel in Ipswich, threatening a member of staff at the hotel with a knife and assaulting a police officer.

Jailing him for seven years with a four year extended licence period of four years Judge Rupert Overbury said Ireland had gone on a “violent rampage”.

The court heard that prior to going to Mr Paiva’s home Ireland had attacked a 16-year-old boy at the Chequers Hotel in Ipswich after telling him he felt like killing someone.

He had then walked into the kitchen of the Kingsely House Hotel and removed a knife from and threatened a member of staff who challenged him.

Cathy McCulloch, for Ireland, said her client regretted what he had done and hadn’t intended to hurt anyone with the knife.

1 comment

  • 7 Years? So he'll be out in 3 and a half, and in this time he'll become a nice well rounded member of society? I don't think so, he'll be out making life a misery for other people again.

    Report this comment

    RC

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

Warning over online sextortion attempts

Sextortion’ reports to Suffolk police nearly trebled last year, according to the constabulary’s figures.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

Frustrated rail passengers in Suffolk and Essex have signed a petition urging rail operators to reduce fairs involving bus replacement services.

Christchurch Street Ipswich

An Ipswich tenant smashed every window of an alleged drug-dealer’s car because he believed police had failed to take action.

Suffolk fire crew. Stock image.

A van on fire has closed the Station Road junction of the A137 at Tattingstone.

Footbath crossings are set to be closed on main lines in Suffolk

A total of 30 rail crossings in Suffolk could be closed in a bid to speed services on the main line to London and the cross-country route from Felixstowe to Ely and the midlands.

Holywells Park won a Civic Voice award

Holywells Park in Ipswich was one of just 11 renovation projects to scoop a national award today.

St Margarets Street, Ipswich, from Majors Corner, in the 1930s

From the Dock, now known as The Waterfront, to the streets in and around the town centre, we see many changes in Ipswich town centre.

The Suffolk Show 2015 - 
The grand parade.

The Suffolk Show has been a regular fixture on the calendars of generations of families and as this year’s event approaches, we thought we would test your knowledge of shows past and present.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

Mainline train services running through Manningtree experienced delays of up to 25 minutes this evening.

The Deben Collective, playing a pop-up performance in Pettaugh ahead of this year's PettaFiesta festival.

The Deben Collective will be calling on Pettaugh phone-box on bank holiday Monday for a pop-up performance announcing this year’s PettaFiesta line-up.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24