Teenager denies hitting man with brick

A TEENAGER accused of being involved in a late night attack which left a man with life-threatening head injuries has denied hitting him with a brick.

A TEENAGER accused of being involved in a late night attack which left a man with life-threatening head injuries has denied hitting him with a brick.

During his second day in the witness box at Ipswich Crown Court Kieron Lambe denied knocking Jonathan Field to the ground from behind in Shackleton Road, Ipswich before his friend Thomas Crowley stood on his head.

The court has heard that Mr Field was attacked in Shackleton Road after leaving the Haven pub on October 6 and paramedics who came to his aid feared he wouldn't survive.

Mr Field suffered multiple fractures to his face and head injuries and spent several weeks in hospital recovering.

Lambe, 18, of Beatty Road, Ipswich and Thomas Crowley, 22, of Shackleton Road, Ipswich, have denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Field with intent.

Yesterday Lambe told the court that he had spent the evening of the alleged attack in the Haven where he had approached Mr Field and patted him on the back and shaken his hand.

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He said this could explain why Mr Field's DNA had been found on his clothing.

He added that after leaving the Haven he had walked along Shackleton Road and had come across a group of people standing around Mr Field who was lying in the road in a pool of blood.

Lambe denied that he had picked up a house brick from a pile outside a house in Shackleton Road and hit Mr Field with it.

Cross-examined by prosecution counsel Andrew Shaw Lambe also denied seeing his friend Thomas Crowley in Shackleton Road at that time.

Crowley chose not to give evidence during the trial.

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdicts today (Thurs).