Ipswich: Teenager Steven Gunnell sentenced to nine years for stabbing man
16:40 22 July 2014
An 18-year-old is under lock and key today after being sentenced to nine years in custody for stabbing a man in Ipswich.
Steven Gunnell was sentenced to detention in a young offenders’ institution when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court.
He had previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Gunnell left his victim with multiple stab wounds after he was attacked in a flat in Dillwyn Street, Ipswich.
The 42-year-old was treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for serious injuries sustained during the assault which occurred just after 6.40pm on January 4.
Paramedics were alerted to the injured victim but called police, who were the first of the emergency services to enter the flat.
Officers found the 42-year-old man with a number of wounds to his body. He was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital with various injuries, including a collapsed lung, before later being transferred to Addenbrooke’s.
The man had managed to leave the flat after being stabbed and blood was found in the street. However, he went back inside before police arrived.
A group who were believed to have been involved in the incident were said to have run off in different directions. At least one is thought to have fled down an alleyway.
It is understood the victim knew Gunnell or others in the group.
Gunnell was arrested when police raided a property in Ipswich early on Friday, January 10.
Later the same month he was sentenced to 16 weeks in a youth detention centre after admitting drug dealing.
Police found five wraps of heroin in his sock when they went to a flat in Dillwyn Street to execute a search warrant.
Gunnell pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply on December 30.
Ipswich magistrates heard there were a number of people inside the flat when officers arrived, including Gunnell. All the occupants were searched, and the drugs were found on Gunnell.
At the time he told police it was crack cocaine, although when it was tested it transpired it was heroin.
Gunnell claimed the wraps were for his own use.
Prosecutor Colette Harper said Gunnell, of north London, told officers he had arrived in Ipswich on December 28. He and a friend named Joe had been dropped off.
They wanted to buy crack cocaine so went to an address. Gunnell admitted buying six wraps, three for each of them.
When they arrived back at the flat in Dillwyn Street Gunnell said he left the drugs on the table for people to smoke.
Gunnell admitted smoking one wrap which he claimed was crack cocaine, and said he must have been misled about the others being heroin.