Staff shocked by blood from victim

IPSWICH bar staff were shocked to tears by the amount of blood flowing from a young stab victim, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.Workers at Zing Wine Bar in Tacket Street, were among the first to help Matthew Buckman who had been stabbed in the neck.

IPSWICH bar staff were shocked to tears by the amount of blood flowing from a young stab victim, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

Workers at Zing Wine Bar in Tacket Street, were among the first to help Matthew Buckman who had been stabbed in the neck.

Head chef Simon Daniels told police he was sitting outside the bar talking to Andrew Ramsay when he saw Mr Buckman and his friend Kurtis Pack coming towards them.

In a statement read out in court he said: “I saw two young males, one looked very drunk and was staggering around. I remember laughing and saying to Andrew 'I ain't been that bad for ages'.”

Mr Daniels then realised Mr Buckman was seriously injured and noticed marks on his neck and blood.

He said: “I grabbed hold of clothing and used both my hands to apply pressure to the injuries. He was struggling for breath.”

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Mr Daniels said he then realised his own trousers were soaked with blood and realised more blood was flowing from the 19-year-old's lower back.

He said: “Then I remember being pulled away. I was in shock and I was told my face drained of colour and that is why I was pulled away. I remember feeling very upset and crying my eyes out afterwards.”

The court heard that Mr Buckman, of Kesgrave suffered 10 stab wounds in his face, neck and back and his left ear was severed to the ear lobe.

Bar worker Konstantine Chrysomalis also known as Gus told police he took over from Mr Daniels and helped paramedics move Mr Buckman to the ambulance.

He said: “I took over from Simon Daniels because I could see he couldn't take any more, there was so much blood. As we lifted him blood gushed out of his back.”

The court heard that Mr Buckman had lost about 500 millilitres of blood by the time paramedics arrived. Paramedic team leader David Grover said: “It was a large amount of blood for his build and potentially life threatening.”

Damien Brauer, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Buckman with intent to do him grievous bodily harm with a knife.

His housemate 25-year-old Slawomir Inczewski has denied committing the same offence with Brauer but with a “blunt weapon” on May 27 last year.

The attack happened in an alleyway between Upper Brook Street and Woolworth's car park.

Inczewski's trial continues.

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