December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A soldier was punched in the face and kicked in the head by a gang of men who surrounded him and robbed him of his wallet and phone, it has been alleged.
After the late night attack on Jack Shilton in Queen’s Way, Ipswich the gang ran off and as they did so two of the men in the group were allegedly seen “bumping fists” as if they were proud of what they had done, Ipswich Crown Court was told.
Mr Shilton, a soldier at RAF Wattisham, briefly lost consciousness during the attack and when he came round he had blood coming from his mouth. He ran to a nearby house to get help.
He was taken to hospital and was found to have a bruised kidney, lumps to his head and suspected broken ribs.
Before the court are Jerran Hart, 22, of Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich, and Adam Poulter, 26, of no fixed address, who have both denied robbing Mr Shilton on June 6 this year.
Robert Sadd, prosecuting, told the court that three other men had pleaded guilty to robbing Mr Shilton.
Giving evidence, Mr Shilton, who maintains helicopters at RAF Wattisham, said that on the night in question he had been out in Ipswich with a friend.
He had drunk seven spirit doubles and he and his friend had gone to a kebab shop where they met a group of five men who invited them to a house party.
Mr Shilton said his friend, Peter Scott, had just returned from Afghanistan and was keen to carry on the night so they had gone by taxi with the men to Queen’s Way.
When they got there they discovered there wasn’t a party and Mr Shilton and Mr Scott decided to leave.
Mr Shilton got into a taxi but jumped out again when he saw Mr Scott running down the road chased by a group of men.
The taxi drove off and Mr Shilton found himself surrounded by the five men who allegedly demanded his wallet and phone and asked for his PIN number.
He handed over his wallet and telephone thinking they would leave him alone but they continued to ask for his PIN number.
He told the court that one of the men said: “You are all alone in Ipswich now. What are you going to do?” and he was then allegedly punched in the face.
He went to the ground and was then allegedly kicked in the head and back.
The trial continues today.