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Ipswich school boy guilty of stabbing

PUBLISHED: 14:35 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich school boy has been found guilty of stabbing a fellow pupil in the back of the head with scissors leaving him with a wound just one millimetre from his inner skull.

AN Ipswich school boy has been found guilty of stabbing a fellow pupil in the back of the head with scissors leaving him with a wound just one millimetre from his inner skull.

The victim was left with the wound in the back of the head, a cut to his forehead and a cut ear.

The 15-year-old was found guilty of swinging a key chain at the victim which had a pair of scissors attached during a playground fight.

On the last day of this two-day trial the accused gave evidence to South East Suffolk Magistrates about the incident which took place in May.

Appearing before the court accompanied by his mother again he told the court how he saw the victim picking on a younger boy, punching and kicking him and that he went over to help the younger boy.

The victim admitted goading the accused and that a second fight broke out in which he punched the defendant.

The defendant admitted a third fight broke out shortly after this and admitted using a key chain on the victim in an act of self-defence.

"I thought I needed the chain. I was worried about what he might do to me," he said.

He denied that the scissors which caused the main injury were on the chain at the time of the incident, but this was disputed by the prosecution.

Saqib Rauf prosecuting, asked the defendant, "You got more and more angry didn't you?

"Yes I did", he replied.

"He had got the better of me and I wanted to get back at him," he added.

"I suggest that whilst he was walking towards reception you approached him and hit him in the back of the head with the scissors which were on the chain at the time," said Mr Rauf.

"No I hit him with the chain that was all," replied the defendant.

The victim was also asked why he hid the chain if he felt he had a legitimate reason for using it.

"Because it is still a weapon and I knew the police would be looking for it," he answered.

In summing up, David Hutson, defending, explained to the bench that they had to be sure beyond reasonable doubt that the injury caused by the scissors was inflicted by the defendant.

Sentencing has been adjourned for a pre-sentencing report to be prepared by the youth offending team.

The pupil will return to court on December 5.

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