Teenager faces being locked up

AN IPSWICH teenager today faces a possible custodial sentence after a nasty attack on two brothers.The attack left a 19-year-old with a broken nose and a 25-year-old unconscious after he was set upon by a group of youths.

AN IPSWICH teenager today faces a possible custodial sentence after a nasty attack on two brothers.

The attack left a 19-year-old with a broken nose and a 25-year-old unconscious after he was set upon by a group of youths.

The 17-year-old Ipswich youngster was found guilty of common assault, causing actual bodily harm and breaching his anti-social behaviour order after an all day trial in the town.

Prosecutor Stuart Lockhart told magistrates the 25-year-old was on his way home after visiting the Co-op in Rands Way when he struck on the back of his head by an apple thrown by a group of youths.


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Mr Lockhart said: "He went to get assistance from his brother and returns with him.

"(The 19-year-old) was punched in the face and (the 25-year-old) was punched and kicked whilst on the floor."

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The younger victim took to the stand where he told of hearing a "cracking sound" after the teenager punched him, causing his face to be "covered in blood."

He then turned to see his brother set upon by the group.

"It was a vigorous attack and there was kicking and punching. (The defendant) was punching him in the gut and face area and a couple of times in the back of the head."

During the attack one of the youths – who was not in court – stamped on the man's head while he was on the ground.

The defendant took to the stand where he claimed the only involvement he had in the incident was to pull the older man off his friend.

Lucy Cartwright, defending, said the older man had the teenager's friend in a headlock and the defendant was trying to pull him off.

Bench chairman Bernard Hines told him they found the evidence given by the two victims as "credible" and said the assault on the 25-year-old did amount to actual bodily harm.

He told the court "He was rendered unconscious and when he came too he was confused and disorientated and his eyes were rolling. He was also not making sense."

He added the victims had no issue with the defendant and had no reason to lie.

Mr Hines objected to identifying the teenager saying it would serve only to reinforce a negative pattern of behaviour because of the reaction it would have locally.

All option reports were ordered before sentencing on November 11.

Victim impact statements will also be prepared before sentencing.

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