Pipe bomber pleads guilty

A MAN whose family home was targeted in a pipe bomb attack said justice had been done after a defendant confessed to the crime half way through his crown court trial.

A MAN whose family home was targeted in a pipe bomb attack said justice had been done after a defendant confessed to the crime half way through his crown court trial.

Peter Still told how the realisation that he, his wife and children could have been killed by the explosion still had a major impact on their lives, 18 months after the attack in Kessingland, near Lowestoft.

A judge at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday told Glen Hockings, who was remanded in custody, to expect a lengthy jail term when he is sentenced next month. His accomplice John Wilson pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Hockings, 33, of Beach Road, Kessingland, brought the trial to an abrupt end when he changed his plea and admitted his part in the attack in which two pipe bombs were planted outside the Still family home in Catchpole Close.


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The court heard how the defendants made the bombs from copper piping filled with gunpowder from birdscarers after becoming convinced that someone living at the house had been responsible for damaging their cars.

Self-employed Mr Still, 58, said: “They didn't make the bomb as well as they could have done. It could have taken half of the house out.

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“It was quite terrifying when it happened and it could have been a lot worse. My emotion now is that they are in the right place and that justice has been done.”

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