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Leiston: ‘Untouchable’ jailed for taking two women and a child hostage in armed siege

17:20 29 January 2013

Scott Abbott, 23, formerly of Farrow Close, Leiston, has been jailed for 16 months for affray.

Scott Abbott, 23, formerly of Farrow Close, Leiston, has been jailed for 16 months for affray.

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A 23-YEAR-OLD man who boasted of being “untouchable” has been locked up for taking two women and a child hostage and telling police he was armed with knives and guns.

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Scott Abbott, formerly of Farrow Close, Leiston, has been jailed for 16 months after admitting affray.

He was sentenced on Monday at Ipswich Crown Court after changing his plea to guilty.

Police were called to Farrow Close around 2.20am on Sunday, October 30 after receiving a 999 call from a woman who initially said she wanted someone removed from her home.

A man was heard in the background and officers immediately attended.

On arrival it became apparent that Abbott was inside and he told police he had knives and guns and would not let the other occupants out of the house.

A short time later a distressed woman left the premises and told officers there was a two-year-old child and another woman in the house and that Abbott had a large knife.

It became clear that he had barricaded himself in, cut the power to the property and that there had previously been a dispute between the defendant and the woman he was holding inside.

Negotiations began to try to get Abbott to leave the premises and resolve the matter without anyone being hurt.

Just after 6.30am he came out voluntarily and was arrested.

The woman and child were found safe inside and two knives and a baseball bat were recovered.

DC Fiona Keeble, of Suffolk Coastal CID, said: “Despite Abbott refusing to comment during much of his interview there was sufficient evidence to charge him and we are pleased the court has seen fit to give him a term of imprisonment. This was a distressing incident and his late guilty plea has spared those involved having to go through a trial.

“Abbott had previously boasted of being ‘untouchable’ but, as his jailing demonstrates, no one is above the law and we will continue to work to bring those responsible for crime to justice.”

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