Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Leiston: Man’s head kicked like alleged attacker was ‘taking a penalty’, court heard

09:00 16 November 2012

Brother cleared of attack

Brother cleared of attack

Archant

A SUFFOLK hotel landlord has described seeing an alleged attacker kick the head of a man who was on the ground “as if he was taking a penalty.”

shares

Neil Quigley, who ran the White Horse Hotel in Leiston, told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he saw 23-year-old Daniel Knights punch Thomas Donegan on the side of the face causing him to fall to the ground.

He said there was then a “bit of a fracas” and he had seen a man wearing a grey hoodie like the one worn by Daniel Knights kick Mr Donegan in the head. “It was like someone kicking a football. Like taking a penalty,” said Mr Quigley.

Mr Quigley was giving evidence on the first day of the re-trial of Daniel Knights, 23, of Valley Road, Leiston and his brother Adam Knights, 25 of Saxon Road, Saxmundham who have denied causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Donegan with intent on December 23 2010 and a less serious alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The court has heard that following the alleged attack Mr Donegan underwent surgery to have a metal plate inserted in his broken jaw.

Richard Kelly, prosecuting, told the court the brothers had been attending a pre-Christmas drinks party at the hotel and had been asked to leave after allegedly becoming involved in a scuffle in the smoking area.

The brothers had returned to the premises and Daniel Knights had allegedly become involved in an argument with Mr Donegan outside the hotel and punched him.

Mr Donegan was upset and walked through the hotel to an outside patio area where there was a confrontation during which he was allegedly punched by Daniel Knights and knocked to the ground.

Mr Donegan was then allegedly kicked by both brothers while he was on the ground and the incident had come to an end after Daniel Knights allegedly delivered a particularly forceful kick which was described by Mr Quigley as “sickening”.

The court heard that when the brothers were interviewed by police in February last year they elected to answer no comment to questions put to them.

The trial continues today.

shares

0 comments

Paul Heiney filming for Secret Rivers in his Candaian-style canoe that has been stolen

Broadcaster Paul Heiney has made an appeal for thieves who stole one of his favourite boats from a Suffolk harbour to have a conscience and return it.

Trudi Nicholls of Fork Rent

With almost 30 years’ business experience in Suffolk, Trudi Nicholls comes across as a strong, confident businesswoman.

Stage 5 of the Womens Tour passes through Onehouse on their way to Bury St Edmunds last year

Schoolchildren will also be involved in an evening of activities in Bury St Edmunds ahead of the start of a major women’s cycling event.

Konrad Kantorowski flips from the wheel while coach John Colles looks on.

Heading down to the Kesgrave Sports Hall on a weeknight, you would probably be forgiven for expecting to find clubs practising regular sports. But sharing hall space with the local badminton team on a Thursday evening is a rather more unexpected gathering.

Photo issued by the National Crime Agency of fugitive Paul Monk, who featured on the UK's most wanted list on suspicion of drug trafficking, who has been captured in Alicante.

A fugitive on the UK’s most wanted list allegedly linked to a Colchester drugs haul has been arrested in Spain.

Stabbing in Farrow Close Leiston

Police are still piecing together two incidents in Leiston last night in which a 16-year-old boy and a man were both stabbed.

Abbie Hunter

As the sun blazes down to raise temperatures to the mid 20s, I am thinking about sport., says Abbie Hunter.

Cavendish.

“True democracy” is coming to a west Suffolk parish after 42 years, with villagers set to decide the Cavendish ward’s first ever contested St Edmundsbury Borough election.

Police are searching for Jai Stead

Police are searching for a man wanted on suspicion of robbery and failing to appear in court.

Paul Rous, of Bruisyard Hall, has launched a tech startup venture with Mark Pearson

A Suffolk entrepreneur has teamed up with a top technology investor, who made millions from a website he created with just £300, to help finance new ideas.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages