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Trial date set for teen accused of Ravenswood McDonald’s stabbing

Forensics officers outside Ravenswood McDonald's on Thursday, June 14 Picture: ARCHANT

Forensics officers outside Ravenswood McDonald's on Thursday, June 14 Picture: ARCHANT

A provisional trial date has been set for a teenager accused of stabbing a 16-year-old boy at a branch of McDonald’s in Ipswich.

Rishawn Mohammed, of Hurricane Place, Ipswich, made his second court appearance in three days on Monday after being remanded in custody by magistrates at the weekend.

The 18-year-old spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and British nationality during a short crown court hearing.

Judge Martyn Levett set a trial date of November 19, but said Mohammed will first be expected to enter a plea to the charge of wounding with intent, under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act, on August 6.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said the case related to an incident in the Ravenswood area of Ipswich last Wednesday.

“The defendant was arrested in connection with an alleged knife attack just outside a branch of McDonald’s June 13,” he added.

“He appears charged with wounding a young man with a single stab wound.”

The Crown Prosecution Service will be expected to serve the defence with its case, and its primary disclosure of evidence, before the pre-trial preparation hearing on August 6.

Judge Levett said: “I expect the indictment to be drafted, for the defendant to enter a plea, and for any other potential defendants to be brought to crown court for the case to be joined, if appropriate.”

Andrew Ukiwa, for Mohammed, told the judge he would not be making an application for bail on behalf of his client at this stage.

At an earlier hearing, magistrates heard that police were called at about 7.30pm to reports of a teenager having been stabbed outside McDonald’s in Ravenswood Avenue.

He suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after the alleged assault “touched the femoral artery” in the teenager’s thigh, but he was released from hospital and is now expected to make a full recovery.

A 17-year-old boy, from Ipswich, who can not be named for legal reasons, has been charged with possession of a bladed article in connection with the alleged incident, as well as possession of cannabis. He is due to appear before a youth panel of magistrates this Thursday.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old man have both been released under investigation by Suffolk Constabulary, pending further enquiries.

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