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Ipswich: Teenager Steven Gunnell sentenced to nine years for stabbing man

16:40 22 July 2014

Steven Gunnell

Steven Gunnell


An 18-year-old is under lock and key today after being sentenced to nine years in custody for stabbing a man in Ipswich.


Steven Gunnell was sentenced to detention in a young offenders’ institution when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court.

He had previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Gunnell left his victim with multiple stab wounds after he was attacked in a flat in Dillwyn Street, Ipswich.

The 42-year-old was treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for serious injuries sustained during the assault which occurred just after 6.40pm on January 4.

Paramedics were alerted to the injured victim but called police, who were the first of the emergency services to enter the flat.

Officers found the 42-year-old man with a number of wounds to his body. He was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital with various injuries, including a collapsed lung, before later being transferred to Addenbrooke’s.

The man had managed to leave the flat after being stabbed and blood was found in the street. However, he went back inside before police arrived.

A group who were believed to have been involved in the incident were said to have run off in different directions. At least one is thought to have fled down an alleyway.

It is understood the victim knew Gunnell or others in the group.

Gunnell was arrested when police raided a property in Ipswich early on Friday, January 10.

Later the same month he was sentenced to 16 weeks in a youth detention centre after admitting drug dealing.

Police found five wraps of heroin in his sock when they went to a flat in Dillwyn Street to execute a search warrant.

Gunnell pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply on December 30.

Ipswich magistrates heard there were a number of people inside the flat when officers arrived, including Gunnell. All the occupants were searched, and the drugs were found on Gunnell.

At the time he told police it was crack cocaine, although when it was tested it transpired it was heroin.

Gunnell claimed the wraps were for his own use.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said Gunnell, of north London, told officers he had arrived in Ipswich on December 28. He and a friend named Joe had been dropped off.

They wanted to buy crack cocaine so went to an address. Gunnell admitted buying six wraps, three for each of them.

When they arrived back at the flat in Dillwyn Street Gunnell said he left the drugs on the table for people to smoke.

Gunnell admitted smoking one wrap which he claimed was crack cocaine, and said he must have been misled about the others being heroin.



  • Parents for sure, no more no less. Liam love your lump of coal thing. 9 years in jail, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Do me a favour and cut out the "back in my day" B.S! "All I got every christmas was a tangerine and a lump of coal"... Please... Wasn't Mira Hindley part of your perfect society generation? or Jack the Ripper perhaps? Maybe you went to school with the 'Suffolk Strangler'! What I want to know is why are 18 year olds being sent to young offenders institutions when in every other walk of life they are considered to be adults?

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    Liam Dodd

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Hardly a Kray. The little runt can't even grow stubble... Looks special needs to me. No wonder he needed a knife and a gang of mates. Wimp.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Waspie's wife..Big Spot I agree with you. Sadly, the change from our days, when parents, schools, police, neighbours were all on the same hymn sheet when it came to wrong actions get consequences, taught right and wrong and before the liberal stance on drugs.. has not done this teenage generation and their parents generation any favours.

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    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • any one caught with a knife should get a 5 year sentence . any one caught using a knife should start with a ten then upwards

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    Lee mundy

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Children should and do have right regarding safety , and so they should. It is not just the change in system re children's rights as most families do set limits. Peer pressure wanting what you can't afford and choosing to break the law is the difference, also becoming addicted to drugs which are so much easier to try buy for young people now. drugs can change a decent person , choice and saying 'no' not wanting to copy others makes the difference . Even famous people don't always manage this! Hence unnecessary violent deaths.

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    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • @RC Yes, society has a lot to be blamed for, the kid has all the rights, parents are not allowed to touch them or discipline them otherwise they run to school and tell, The school then calls social services to pick up the parents. Being a parent in this age is definitely not easy and It's obvious that you have not had to try it so decrying others when you've not been in their position is out of order. When I went to school (and probably you) we knew right from wrong, we respected the law, our parents and our teachers and nobody took our side, now the kid has all the rights, knows it and respects no one. I should say here that not all kids are the same, there's some super kids out there today but there's also a lot of feral ones.

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    Big Spot

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • @Big Spot, That is the typical attitude of a lot parents these days "It's not my fault, blame society!" blah blah blah. The problem these days is that people had NO SHAME. If this was my child I would never be able to live with the shame, but these days too many people just don't seem to care what becomes of there offspring.

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    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • @RC, that's a typical comment from someone who has never had the responsibility of trying to educate and discipline a child in this current era. Some kids listen, some kids don't. There's not much else a parent can do in this day and age but to try to explain good from bad, the schools don't support parents in fact encourage them to report their own parents.

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    Big Spot

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Only 18 years old! The parents must share some of the responsibility for bringing up such an awful person.

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    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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