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Jury to retire in trial of man accused of Ipswich attack

08 March, 2018 - 21:54
The incident is alleged to have happened in Post Mill Close in Ipswich. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The incident is alleged to have happened in Post Mill Close in Ipswich. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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The jury in the trial of a man accused of forcing his way into an Ipswich flat and attacking a man who was taken to hospital with injuries, including a deep cut to his hand, is expected to retire to consider its verdicts tomorrow.

Before Ipswich Crown Court is Michael Vincent, 46, of no fixed address, who has denied aggravated burglary on October 26 2016, unlawful wounding, having a knife and possessing cannabis.

The court has heard that Asa Cook was in a friend’s flat in Post Mill Gardens when he heard a knock at the door.

He looked through a peephole and saw two men he did not recognise and decided not to answer the door.

The knocking continued and shortly afterwards the door was allegedly kicked open.

As Mr Cook tried to close it he was allegedly cut on the arm with a knife that was pointed round the door.

As he released his grip two men burst in and threw him into the bathroom where he was allegedly hit on the head with a wrench by one of the men while the other produced a knife which Mr Cook grabbed.

The intruders allegedly left with two games consoles, a mobile phone and a wallet belonging to Mr Cook.

Mr Cook grabbed a bat and ran after them and as the intruders drove off he managed to smash a window of the BMW.

Mr Cook was taken to hospital where he had treatment for wounds in his hand and arm.

A BMW with a smashed window was stopped in College Street and police arrested Michael Vincent, who was in the vehicle.

Giving evidence Vincent said he had gone to the flat with a friend to help him recover £750 he had paid for drugs he hadn’t received.

He denied forcing his way into the flat or attacking Mr Cook and claimed his friend had hit Mr Cook with a wrench after Mr Cook produced a knife.

He said Mr Cook had dropped the knife and he had grabbed the handle while Mr Cook had picked up the blade.

He claimed Mr Cook told them to take cannabis and a games console as security for the alleged debt.

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