Fight brought busy area to a standstill

A COOK at an Ipswich café has described seeing a man holding a pair of scissors after a fight with another man.Farag Ali said he had intervened in a fight between Adeeb Alsugair and Mohammed Mahmoud outside the Portuguese café in Norwich road, Ipswich on July 17 last year.

A FIGHT brought rush-hour traffic on one of Ipswich's busiest roads to a halt last year as a man armed himself with a pair of scissors.

A cook at a Norwich Road café described seeing a man holding a pair of scissors after the fight.

Farag Ali said he had intervened in a fight between Adeeb Alsugair and Mohammed Mahmoud outside the Portuguese café in Norwich road, Ipswich on July 17 last year.

He claimed that as he went to help Alsugair up from the ground after the fight had been broken up he saw he was holding a pair of scissors.

He said that during the fight Mr Mahmoud and Alsugair had been using their hands to hit each other and he hadn't seen the scissors being used.

He said that when he saw the scissors in Alsugair's hand he “couldn't believe it”.

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He said he had known Alsugair for eight to nine years. “He is such a lovely person. He was like a brother to me,” said Mr Ali.

“I said to Adeeb 'you fight with scissors' and he said 'Yes'”.

He said Alsugair had then crossed Norwich road and had driven off in his car.

Alsugair has denied wounding Mr Mahmoud with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on July 17 last year.

Mr Ali told the court that before the start of the fight Alsugair had pulled up outside the Bella Café in Norwich Road where he was working and had shouted to Mr Mahmoud who was inside the café.

He said Alsugair had then sworn at Mr Mahmoud and had been abusive to him and when Mr Mahmoud went outside Alsugair had allegedly thrown a juice bottle towards him.

The bottle didn't make contact but shortly afterwards the two men had started fighting.

Mr Ali told the court that both Alsugair and Mr Mahmoud were his friends and he and two people from the Portuguese café had intervened in the fight to break it up. He said that after seeing Alsugair holding the scissors he saw blood coming through Mr Mahmoud's white shirt.

The trial continues.

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