Compensation order after attack

A MOTHER and son have been awarded £350 compensation after an Ipswich man attacked them and 'went mad' at their house party.Steven Carr, of Jasmine Close, Ipswich, was given 80 hours community service and ordered to pay the compensation after he went on a drunken rampage punching Karl Wade in the face several times.

A MOTHER and son have been awarded £350 compensation after an Ipswich man attacked them and 'went mad' at their house party.

Steven Carr, of Jasmine Close, Ipswich, was given 80 hours community service and ordered to pay the compensation after he went on a drunken rampage punching Karl Wade in the face several times.

Carr also pinned the hostess against a wall, smashed six expensive glasses and threw food and drink over the walls so that they had to be repainted.

The 25-year-old returned to South East Suffolk Magistrates Court to be sentenced after he was convicted of criminal damage, common assault and assault by beating on September 11.


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The court heard how hostess Lynda Wade suffered bruising to her arms, while her son Karl Wade, was debilitated for three weeks, before he made a full recovery.

Carr arrived at the undisclosed house on August 3 to join a party organised by Ms Wade. The prosecutor, Margaret Cutts, told the court that he had turned up to the party drunk and that he had lost self-control and assaulted the mother and son.

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A statement by Karl Wade, the son who was assaulted, was read out in the court, where he claimed Carr had tried to pour port from a bottle in to Mr Wade's mouth. When he refused Carr became verbally abusive and started to shout and swear at him.

"My mother was frightened at this point and I stepped in," Mr Wade had said in the statement. "Steven turned on me and went mad."

Carr then pinned Ms Wade against the wall, causing bruising to her arms and continued shouting and swearing.

Ms Wade then attempted to call the police from the phone in the hallway while Mr Wade tried to distract Carr.

But Carr lashed out and punched Mr Wade in the head and face up to six times. Mr Wade said in his statement that he might have tried to hit Carr back.

Mr Wade then called the police but when he returned Carr poured a two litre bottle of orange juice over his and his mother's head.

The police arrived shortly after.

Dino Barricella, representing Carr, said that although it had been a nasty incident Carr had co-operated with the court and police by making a full and frank admission and by making a prompt guilty plea.

Mr Barricella said that Carr was remorseful and ashamed and that when the details of the incident were first read out in court he had been physically sick.

He said Carr did not have a drink problem and that the assault had been out of character.

He also claimed that comments had been made to Carr which could have influenced the assault although provocation was not used as a defence.

Carr was ordered to carry out 80 hours community service within the next 12 months as punishment.

He was also ordered to pay £55 court costs, £200 compensation to Ms Wade for the damage to her house and for personal injury and £150 to Mr Wade for personal injury.

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