Woman admits park attack

IPSWICH: An Ipswich woman has admitted her part in an attack which left a 21-year-old man fighting for his life.

Kristin Burns, 20, of Sinclair Drive, Ipswich pleaded guilty to wounding former Chantry High School pupil, Liam Rumsey with intent to do him grievous bodily harm at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday after initially denying the charge.

She is one of five people who were charged with the attack on Mr Rumsey at Orwell Country Park on the outskirts of Ipswich on May 3.

David Cooper, 24, of Mildmay Road, Ipswich pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Rumsey with intent to do him grievous bodily harm last month and Lewis Dowe, 22, of Ramsey Close, Ipswich, Darren Gorham, 22, of Marigold Avenue, Ipswich have denied the charge and are due to stand trial at Ipswich Crown Court on October 4.

A fifth defendant Michael Osborn, 21, of Valiant Road, De Brink on the Green, Martlesham has yet to enter a plea to the charge of wounding with intent and his plea and case management hearing is due to take place on September 10.

All five defendants have been remanded in custody and Cooper and Burns will be sentenced at the conclusion of the trial.

Emergency services were called to Orwell Country Park just before 3.55pm on May 3, a Bank Holiday Monday, after receiving a report that Mr Rumsey, of Atherton Road, Ipswich had sustained serious injuries.

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Paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to Ipswich Hospital with what police described at the time as multiple, life threatening injuries.

Mr Rumsey was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, which specialises in treating head injuries.

He remained in hospital after regaining consciousness but has since returned home.

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