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Man sentenced after knife horror

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

A three-year-old girl was left crying in an Ipswich street after she was hit on the arm by a kitchen knife which had been dropped from the window of a flat, a court heard yesterday.

A three-year-old girl was left crying in an Ipswich street after she was hit on the arm by a kitchen knife which had been dropped from the window of a flat, a court heard yesterday.

The incident happened in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich after 30-year-old Benjamin Brookes had been drinking heavily with his brother Matthew who has since died, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

After the knife fell from the flat window the brothers had gone down into the street and had banged and kicked at the door of a charity shop where someone had taken the knife, said Jude Durr prosecuting.

Benjamin Brookes then approached a man waiting in a bus queue on the other side of the road and asked him what he was looking at.

He dragged the man by his collar into a nearby alleyway where a member of the public intervened and helped free him from Brooke's grasp.

Brookes of Blakes Close, Melton admitted affray and was made the subject of an 18-month community rehabilitation order.

Peter Fenn for Brookes said his client and his brother had been drinking heavily on the day in question on December 18.

The defendant's brother had been responsible for the knife dropping into the street. Benjamin Brookes accepted using bad language outside the charity shop but did not remember dragging the man into the alleyway.


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