Ipswich: Two men, aged 70 and 75, accused of late-night attack on fellow pensioner

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

The retrial of two residents of a sheltered housing complex in Ipswich accused of assaulting another resident has got under way at Ipswich Crown Court.

Sixty-five-year-old Christopher Grimes was left with a dislocated shoulder after the alleged late night attack in Back Hamlet in August last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Before the court are Hugh Balfour, 75, and Robert Carson, 70, who also live at the Hanover Housing-owned premises. The both deny assaulting Mr Grimes causing him actual bodily harm in the early hours of August 25, 2013.

Carson also denies assaulting Mr Grimes by beating on the same date.

Barnaby Hoane, prosecuting, alleged that on the night in question Balfour had knocked on Mr Grimes’ flat window as he and Carson walked another resident home after a party.

Words were exchanged between Balfour and Mr Grimes and Mr Grimes went into his flat and got a dictaphone because he was concerned that Balfour might come back.

Shortly afterwards Balfour had come back and after a further exchange of words there was a fight between the two men during which Balfour allegedly hit Mr Grimes causing him to fall to the ground and dislocate his shoulder.

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Carson had then become involved and allegedly kicked Mr Grimes, said Mr Hoane.

The trial continues today.

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