max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Felixstowe: Man gets community order for threatening student with knife

07:01 17 February 2014

A teenager is due in court charged with robbery and carrying an offensive weapon

A teenager is due in court charged with robbery and carrying an offensive weapon


A 22-year-old man who broke into a house in Felixstowe and threatened a student with a knife has been spared a prison sentence by a judge.


Joshua Hughes, who has been diagnosed with a personality disorder, was one of two men who went to 21-year-old Jordan Fox’s flat in Langley Close, Felixstowe, in June last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Hughes’ co-defendant Alexander Greenan had climbed in through a kitchen window and let Hughes into the property and Hughes had picked up a knife from the kitchen before waking Mr Fox up.

Hughes had questioned Mr Fox at knifepoint about the whereabouts of a man he had a grudge against and before leaving the flat Hughes and Greenan removed a number of items belonging to Mr Fox.

Hughes, who has been held at a medium secure hospital since his arrest last June, admitted burglary and assault and was given a three-year community order and a six-month curfew between the hours of 6pm and 8am. Sentencing Hughes, Judge Rupert Overbury acknowledged that he was taking an “unusual” course by not imposing a prison sentence on Hughes.

He described Hughes as vulnerable and said that if he sent him to prison it would undo all the good work that had been done during the last nine months to stabilise his mental state and could have “appalling consequences” for him.

He said Hughes and the public would be better served if he could receive help and support in the community.

“This is probably one of the most difficult sentencing exercises I have had conduct of for a long time,” said Judge Overbury.

He said he had arrived at his sentencing decision after reading numerous reports about Hughes’ mental health.

“Anyone reading them would quickly realise the appropriateness of this sentence,” he added.

Greenan, 21, of Fore Street, Ipswich, admitted burglary and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment at an earlier hearing.

Steven Dyble, for Hughes, accepted the burglary was “serious” and that a knife had been used to threaten Mr Fox.

He said the knife was taken from Mr Fox’s kitchen and both Hughes and Greenan had been in possession of it at some point during the incident.

Mr Dyble said Hughes had spent the last eight months since his arrest in a medium secure hospital and there was a real risk of him committing suicide if he was sent to prison.

The number of complaints about Abellio Greater Anglia has risen.

The number of complaints handled by rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia increased by nearly 26% during the first three months of the current financial year according to new figures from the Office for Rail and Road (ORR).

All of the alleged sexual assaults happened on buses in Suffolk.

More needs to be done to empower women in Suffolk to come forward about sexual assaults, a campaigner has said.

Friars Street shops in Sudbury.

A controversial proposal to merge a parish council in west Suffolk with a neighbouring town council has been rejected by members of both bodies.

Could Broomhill Pool be on the brink of restoration?

Hopes of restoring Ipswich’s Broomhill Pool have today received a huge boost with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has made an interim award to the project.

Broomhill pool from the air

As hopes of restoring Ipswich’s lido to its former glory take a step forward today, we look back at the pool’s past.

The launch of 'Pigs Gone Wild' at Trinity Park.

A piggie parade that is set to draw many visitors to Ipswich and raise £100,000 for a hospice charity took off in style last night at a glittering launch event.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended two road traffic collisions this evening.

Needham Road in Stowmarket where the crash took place

An 81-year-old cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a collision in Stowmarket last week has died.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Two teenagers that caused extensive burns to a Witham man’s face after throwing a corrosive liquid at him in a case of mistaken identity have been found guilty.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is in attendance.

A woman has suffered a “potentially life-changing” head injury during a crash in Beccles.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages