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Schoolboy in court after fight stabbing

PUBLISHED: 14:28 15 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THE trial has begun of an Ipswich schoolboy accused of stabbing a fellow pupil in the neck missing his inner skull by a millimetre.

The boy, who is now 15, but was a year younger at the time of attack, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates dressed in a red and navy tracksuit and accompanied by his mother.

THE trial has begun of an Ipswich schoolboy accused of stabbing a fellow pupil in the neck missing his inner skull by a millimetre.

The boy, who is now 15, but was a year younger at the time of attack, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates dressed in a red and navy tracksuit and accompanied by his mother.

The court heard how a fight broke out between the two boys back in May after the accused saw the victim picking on a younger boy.

Saqib Rauf, prosecuting said: "The defendant became involved and pushed and punched the victim. The victim walked away but started to goad him saying, "come on then if you think you are hard enough".

"The defendant approached him again and they started to fist fight. They were separated but he went after the victim again. He was seen by witnesses to have a key chain and he seemed to wrap it around his hand and hit the victim.

"The victim said he felt something hit the back of his head, he swung round and said he was then hit in the forehead. They were separated and the victim taken to the medical room where a sharp implement was found imbedded in his skull."

The court heard how the implement had to be surgically removed and the doctor confirmed it had penetrated his skull and come just one millimetre from his inner skull. The victim was also left with a cut left ear and a cut to his forehead.

When questioned the victim admitted getting very angry and punching the defendant.

He said: "I was angry with what I had done, I lost my temper."

The accused also admits punching the victim but denies stabbing him in the neck with the scissors which were part of his penknife on the key chain.

The court heard how he had said in his interview that he had given the chain to another boy after they had been fighting in the first instance because he knew the police would be looking for it.

When asked if someone else could have done this he said: " It could have been."

The court also heard how crowds of children gathered in the playground to watch the fight which broke out at around 10.30am.

If found guilty the accused will face sentencing for actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm.

Both offences were put before the court and both denied by the pupil.

The magistrates will need to decide if the evidence points to him carrying out the stabbing which will be grievous bodily harm, or just the cut to the forehead which will be actual bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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