Samurai sword attack man behind bars

A YOUNG man who used a samurai sword in a street brawl has been ordered to serve 30 months in a young offender's institute. Daniel Adams, 20, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding Warren Rose with a samurai sword in a fight outside his home.

A YOUNG man who used a samurai sword in a street brawl has been ordered to serve 30 months in a young offender's institute.

Daniel Adams, 20, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding Warren Rose with a samurai sword in a fight outside his home.

Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday how on October 31 last year Mr Rose was waiting in the street outside Adams' house for a friend when the defendant emerged and the pair, who had a history of not getting on, engaged in threatening behaviour.

Adams, who attends Otley College, was said to have gone back into his house where he selected one of a number of samurai swords he kept in his bedroom before going back out into the street where a fight broke out.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting, told the court he swiped the blade into Rose's back, cutting through his bag before aiming blows at both of his arms, one of which resulted in a 2cm deep cut on his forearm. Another blow to his forehead caused a 3cm wound, the court heard.

Sentencing him to 30 months in a young offender's institute Judge John Holt said: “There was mutual abuse between you. It maybe at that stage Mr Rose made threats and it maybe that he had a weapon but that was no excuse for what you then did.”

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He said Adams had “a significant record” before the court but he would only have to serve half the sentence provided he behaved well.

Colin Allan, defending, said the build up to the fight had been “six of one and half a dozen of another” but his client had pleaded guilty to his involvement with the sword.

He said Adams was now in a settled position with his girlfriend who was expecting their baby and had always stuck to orders imposed by the courts in the past.

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