Policeman tells of scissor fight arrest

ARMED police officers assisted in the arrest of an Ipswich man after he allegedly stabbed another man with a pair of scissors during a fight in one of the town's busiest roads, a court has heard.

Jane Hunt

ARMED police officers assisted in the arrest of an Ipswich man after he allegedly stabbed another man with a pair of scissors during a fight in one of the town's busiest roads, a court has heard.

The officers went to a house in Norwich Road, Ipswich, and saw Adeeb Alsugair going from window to window and shouting.

Pc John Frith, who was part of the firearms' unit told Ipswich Crown Court he had aimed his weapon at Alsugair but had put it down because it was clear that it was a barrier to communication.

“I agreed with Alsugair that if I put the weapon down he would talk to me. I felt safe and able to put my weapon down and talk. That seemed to be the catalyst for him to calm down. He became much more co-operative,” said Pc Frith.

He said that three other officers from his unit who were positioned behind a vehicle covered him while he was unarmed and Alsugair had surrendered and allowed himself to be handcuffed.

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Pc Frith said that Alsugair had been talking in another language mixed with some English and the only thing he clearly heard him say was “He had the scissors not me.”

The officer said he had not mentioned anything to Alsugair about scissors.

Alsugair, of Norwich Road, has denied wounding 28-year-old Mohammed Mahmoud with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on July 17 last year.

It has been alleged that an argument started between the two men after Alsugair pulled up in his car outside the Bella café in Norwich Road and started shouting at Mr Mahmoud.

A fight had started between the two men and they had ended up brawling outside the Portugese Café on the other side of the road.

A witness who helped break up the fight claimed he saw Alsugair holding a pair of scissors and blood coming through Mr Mahmoud's shirt.

The trial continues.

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