Ipswich: Teen “launched bat attack on love rival”

IPSWICH: A man repeatedly hit his ex-girlfriend’s new partner on the head with a baseball bat after forcing the car he was in to stop on a busy slip road on the outskirts of the town, a court was told.

Jordan Green overtook a Ford Fiesta in which Jamie Mayes was a passenger near the Copdock interchange and then braked sharply causing the car to drive into the back of his Audi, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Shocked bystanders then saw 19-year-old Green and Jamie Pinder, also 19, get out of the car armed with a baseball bat and a metal bar, said Rex Bryan, prosecuting.

A man who had been driving the Fiesta ran off and saw Green, Pinder and some other passengers of the Audi smash the windows of the Fiesta in which Green’s ex-girlfriend Megan Godbold and Mr Mayes were passengers.

Mr Bryan said Mr Mayes told police that Green had smashed the passenger window where he was sitting with a baseball bat and had struck him three times on the head.

Mr Mayes had shielded his face with his hand and had been struck with the bat causing a fracture to his wrist. He said another man had also thrown a couple of punches through the broken window at him.

Green, of Emperor Circle, Ipswich admitted unlawfully and maliciously wounding Mr Mayes on August 11 last year and Pinder, of Cambridge Road, Kesgrave admitted criminal damage to the Ford Fiesta which suffered �500 damage.

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The pair were due to have been sentenced yesterday but the case was adjourned to a date to be fixed for the court to hear evidence after Green’s barrister Lindsay Cox said his client only accepted causing injury to Mr Mayes recklessly while smashing the car window and had not deliberately set out to hurt him.

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