Abusive man jailed

AN Ipswich man who told a police officer he was going to dig up the body of his grandmother is today behind bars.Christopher Woodward swore at magistrates in Ipswich when he was given a 12 week prison sentence for using threatening behaviour towards a police officer and burglary.

AN Ipswich man who told a police officer he was going to dig up the body of his grandmother is today behind bars.

Christopher Woodward swore at magistrates in Ipswich when he was given a 12 week prison sentence for using threatening behaviour towards a police officer and burglary.

At the hearing yesterday the court heard that a police officer had been called to a newsagent in Fore Street, Ipswich, when Woodward, of Lambeth Close, became aggressive.

Andrea Reynolds, prosecuting, said: “When the officer responded to the call he (Woodward) swore at him and became aggressive.

“He said he would 'get his boys and give him a beating'.”

It was after he had been arrested that he made the remark about what he was going to do to the body of the officer's dead grandmother.

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Miss Reynolds told the court the 22-year-old was under the influence of an intoxicant at the time of the incident on February 7 this year.

Woodward also faced a charge of burglary when he entered the Card Factory in Westgate Street, Ipswich, on February 16 and stole a member of staff's mobile phone from the restricted area of the store.

Woodward pleaded guilty to both offences.

Neil Saunders, mitigating, said: “He has mental health and drug problems.

“On both occasions he admitted being entirely out of his head because his girlfriend, who was pregnant with their child, had been involved in a car accident and lost the baby.

“He apologises for both incidences and while his apologies are always sincerely meant he does not seem to keep himself out of trouble for long.”

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