Panic over love rival chase

AN IPSWICH man caused shoppers to panic when he chased a love-rival into a supermarket car park and then attacked his car, it emerged today.David Don, 20, visited his ex-wife's house on April 14 and discovered Stephen Hiagbe was also in her London Road home.

AN IPSWICH man sparked panic among shoppers when he chased a love-rival into a supermarket car park and then attacked his car.

David Don, 20, visited his ex-wife's house on April 14 and discovered Stephen Hiagbe was also in her London Road home.

Ipswich Crown Court heard an argument had then broken out and Don had pursued Mr Hiagbe out of the house, across the street and into the Lidl car park on Handford Road.

Judge John Holt said: “You became angry with your former partner's boyfriend and whatever happened inside the house you gave chase.

“Your behaviour was threatening and aggressive, and frightened several members of the public.

“Mr Hiagbe, who was running as fast as he could, got away and you turned your attention to his car.

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“You picked up a group of bricks which you wrenched off a garden wall and attacked the back window, the front window, and the roof of his car.”

The court heard that shoppers in Lidl saw Don, a mechanic who lives in Bishop's Hill in Ipswich, climb on to the sunroof of Mr Hiagbe's car.

Nicholas Cotter, prosecuting, added that the witnesses of Don's aggression “included one man who was there with his child and several who were shocked by what they saw.”

He said: “The incident was brought to an end when police officers arrived.

“Mr Don was wrestled to the ground and arrested.”

Don pleaded guilty to a public order offence and criminal damage and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for one year. He was also ordered to observe a curfew for six months and pay Mr Hiagbe compensation on £250.

Weblink: www.suffolk.police.uk

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