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Haverhill: Man is jailed after ‘grotesque’ attack on the new partner of his former girlfriend

15:30 30 March 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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A trainee surveyor who carried out what a judge described as a “grotesque attack on a defenceless man” has been jailed for 20 months.

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Peter Ancell told police he saw “ a red mist” after seeing his former girlfriend with Thomas Foddy in Newmarket, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A witness described seeing Ancell sprinting towards Mr Foddy “out of the blue” and punching him in the face, knocking him to the ground, said Raj Joshi, prosecuting.

He was then seen to punch Mr Foddy while he was on the ground and to kick him before running off.

As a result of the attack on August 30 Mr Foddy suffered a fractured jaw in two places and underwent surgery to insert metal plates and screws to stabilise the injury.

Ancell told police he had become jealous after seeing his former girlfriend with Mr Foddy and saw “ a red mist”.

Ancell, 32, of Exning Road, Newmarket, admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Foddy and was jailed for 20 months.

Sentencing him Recorder Paul Taylor described the incident as “a grotesque attack on a defenceless man” and said the effects of the assault would be felt by Mr Foddy for a long time to come.

“It is very sad seeing a man of your abilities appearing before the court,” said the judge.

Steven Dyble, for Ancell, said his client was a construction manager and trainee surveyor.

He said it would be a personal tragedy for Ancell if he was sent to prison as he was currently undertaking a part-time degree course while working full-time. “It will all come crashing down around him if he is sent to prison,” said Mr Dyble.

He said Ancell had deliberately kicked Mr Foddy and since the incident he had been receiving counselling for his anger management issues.

He said Ancell had been drinking on the night in question and had previously been in a relationship with the woman he had seen with Mr Foddy.

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  • I have read this article several times and I still cannot find a connection with Haverhill, as mentioned in the heading. Can anyone else?

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