Jail threat for Liquid attack man

A HADLEIGH pub worker is today facing the possibility of jail for attacking a man in an Ipswich nightclub.Benjamin Baldwin, punched Arbez Momand in the face in Liquid Nightclub because he “lost it” he told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

A HADLEIGH pub worker is today facing the possibility of jail for attacking a man in an Ipswich nightclub.

Benjamin Baldwin, punched Arbez Momand in the face in Liquid Nightclub because he “lost it” he told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

Mitzy Bond prosecuting said Mr Momand had about five drinks and was not drunk when he was approached by Baldwin who asked him for a cigarette and swore at him when he was told Mr Momand did not have one.

Ms Bond said Baldwin, 21, of Station Road, Hadleigh, punched Mr Momand in the face causing him to fall backwards and hit his head.

He was unconscious for around 10 minutes and was taken to hospital where he needed four stitches in his lower lip.

Baldwin pleaded guilty to causing Mr Momand actual bodily harm on December 19 last year but he said the incident had unravelled in a different way.

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Roger Stewart mitigating for Baldwin said his client had spent most of the evening at a Hadleigh pub playing darts and had not arrived at the club until midnight.

He said: “He was bumped into on a number of occasions by the victim, maybe not deliberately, and he was called 'a Milkyway kid' and 'a white boy' by the victim.”

Mr Stewart added that Baldwin had walked away from Mr Momand but was then aware of him having a conversation about cigarettes with some people close by.

Mr Stewart told the court: “He said 'I got angry and I just lost it'.”

The court heard that Baldwin had worked in various factories and at a golf club in the past but was now assisting his parents who he was moving with to the Ram Public House in Hadleigh in the near future.

Magistrates ordered a pre sentence report and released Baldwin on unconditional bail until February 9 when he is due to be sentenced.

Baldwin was warned that he would be assessed for “dangerousness” and the report would cover all sentencing options including custody.

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