Man faces jail for slash attack

A MAN has been told he faces jail after admitting to slashing a man with a knife outside an Ipswich nightspot.Rory Bantock, 27, of Bury Road, Lawshall, was due to stand trial today for unlawfully wounding 24-year-old Laine Pond near Ipswich's Caribbean Club, in Woodbridge Road, on December 23 last year.

A MAN has been told he faces jail after admitting to slashing a man with a knife outside an Ipswich nightspot.

Rory Bantock, 27, of Bury Road, Lawshall, was due to stand trial today for unlawfully wounding 24-year-old Laine Pond near Ipswich's Caribbean Club, in Woodbridge Road, on December 23 last year.

At the last moment Bantock, appearing at Ipswich Crown Court, pleaded guilty to a charge of section 20 wounding, having previously denied the offence.

He maintained his plea of not guilty to a charge of wounding with intent, a count that will remain on file.

During the incident, which happened at around 3am, Mr Pond suffered a slash wound across the back of his neck.

David Helborn, prosecuting, said that Bantock and Laine Pond knew each other and had an uneasy relationship.

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On the night in question they had come into contact with each other and Bantock left the nightclub after being invited for a “fight” with Laine Pond.

Mr Helborn said Bantock was handed a knife after being told that Laine Pond was carrying a bottle.

He added that Mr Pond accepted he had behaved in an “unacceptable way” that evening.

“He accepts he consumed a line of cocaine and running around trying to catch the defendant,” he said.

“He smashed a beer bottle at one stage and refused assistance from police.

“Eventually he was taken to hospital.

“Once in hospital he was bleeding badly enough to receive emergency surgery under anaesthetic.

“He required two whole units of blood due to severe blood loss.”

The court heard that Bantock has previous convictions for violent offences including grievous bodily harm and affray.

Judge David Goodin adjourned proceedings for reports and warned Bantock he faces a spell behind bars.

He said: “A section 20 stabbing, a slash with a knife, is a serious offence and will almost inevitably result in losing liberty immediately.”

Bantock was bailed to his home address and ordered to obey a curfew between 10.30pm and 6am.

He will reappear for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court in the week commencing Monday December 10.

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