Ipswich man tried to ‘gouge woman’s eyes out’ and locked guests in flat, court hears

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Guests at the home of an Ipswich man posted messages on Facebook asking for help after he locked them in his flat following an argument, a court has heard.

During the evening Jonathan Field, who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs, fell out with one of his guests and pinned her down and tried to gouge her eyes out, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Other people intervened and Field had then picked up a knife and a pair of scissors and had slashed at Mikki Ford causing a cut to her finger as she tried to defend herself, said Stephen Spence, prosecuting.

Once again other guests came to her aid and Field had then taken the key out of the lock to the door and prevented anyone leaving.

One of the guests used Facebook to get help and when Miss Ford’s father came to the flat asking for his daughter Field said all the women had left.

However, female voices could be heard inside the flat and the door to Field’s flat was kicked down and all the guests were released, said Mr Spence.

By the time police arrived all the guests had gone to Miss Ford’s father’s address and while they were there Field had turned up.

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“He was agitated and tried to get in,” Mr Spence told the court.

Field was punched and was knocked out and the police attended and arrested him.

Following his arrest Field asked for his inhaler and when it was handed to him it was found to contain a wrap of heroin.

When he was interviewed he denied all the allegations put to him and claimed other people were fighting and not him.

Field, 49, of Morgan Drive, Ipswich, admitted assaulting Miss Ford causing her actual bodily harm and possessing heroin.

He was jailed for 14 months and banned from contacting Miss Ford for three years.

Neil Baki, representing Field, said his client had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs which had “put him in a bad place”.

He had been stressed at the time about a relative and now felt “thoroughly ashamed of himself”, said Mr Baki.

Field has been held in police custody since April.