Accused man breaches bail conditions

A SUFFOLK printer accused of stabbing a man in an Ipswich nightspot has breached his bail conditions a court heard.Rory Bantock pleaded not guilty to causing Laine Pond grievous bodily harm at the Caribbean Centre in Woodbridge Road.

A SUFFOLK printer accused of stabbing a man in an Ipswich nightspot has breached his bail conditions a court heard.

Rory Bantock pleaded not guilty to causing Laine Pond grievous bodily harm at the Caribbean Centre in Woodbridge Road.

The 26-year-old of Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, had been given bail after his arrest on the conditions that he live at his father's address in Lawshall and adhere to an 11pm curfew each night.

Peter Gair, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said that when police officers checked up on Bantock during the curfew hours he was not at the address.


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Adam Budworth defending Bantock said his client had been eight miles away in Bury St. Edmunds. “He arranged for his friend to pick him up at 10.30pm but they did not turn up and there were not many taxis around at that time,” said Mr Budworth.

“It was a one off and he has been complying with bail conditions otherwise,” he added.

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Judge John Holt said: “I will bring the curfew forward to 10.30pm to make him realise how serious it is. If there are any further breaches it may be that he will not be able to stay at his fathers”.

Bantock who works as a printer in Bury St Edmunds was released from court on conditional bail and told his four- day trial would be heard during the fortnight commencing on April 16.

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