Felixstowe: Man was knocked unconscious after punch, court told

Bent Hill, Felixstowe

Bent Hill, Felixstowe

A man who was punched in the face in a late night attack in Felixstowe struck his head on a bench as he went to the ground and was knocked unconscious, a court has heard.

John Farmer had been out with friends and was sitting on a bench in Hamilton Road at the top of Bent Hill, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

There was an exchange of words with another group and Benjamin Apperley who was in that group thought abuse was being aimed at him because he was wearing a short sleeved shirt and worked out, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

Mr Farmer and Apperley had confronted each other and Apperley had struck a single punch to Mr Farmer’s face causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head on a bench.

Mr Farmer was unconscious for some minutes and was taken to hospital by ambulance where he had 15 stitches in cuts to his lip and gum.

Apperley, 24, of Sudbury Road, Felixstowe, admitted assaulting Mr Farmer in September causing him actual bodily harm and was placed under the supervision of the probation service for 12 months and made the subject of a curfew on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 8pm and 6am from June 4 to August 23.

He was also ordered to pay £600 compensation to Mr Farmer and £500 prosecution costs.

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The court head that after the attack Apperley had run off but had later contacted the police and arranged to go to the police station to be questioned about the incident.

Mr Crimp said Apperley claimed that Mr Farmer had stood up and come towards him and he had hit him in the face causing him to hit his head on the ground and not on the bench.

Mr Crimp said Apperely acknowledged he had gone “over the top” and that it wasn’t self-defence.

Roger Thomson, for Apperley, said his client accepted that what he had done was totally wrong and said he had apologised to Mr Farmer for what he had done.

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