Life sentence for machete attack

A MAN who used a machete to attack a long-term acquaintance in a pub fight has been handed a life sentence in prison.

Russell Claydon

A MAN who used a machete to attack a long-term acquaintance in a pub fight has been handed a life sentence in prison.

A jury at Ipswich Crown Court took 42 minutes to find Trevor Lilley unanimously guilty of the attempted murder of David Nicholls.

The incident with the 14-inch machete at the Grinning Rat Pub in Ipswich on June 27 left Mr Nicholls with head wounds and almost cut off his thumb.


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Lilley, 57, of Bader Close, Ipswich, told the court he could not remember the assault after consuming 20 pints of lager that day.

He admitted wounding with intent but denied attempted murder.

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Judge John De Vaux sentenced him to life imprisonment this afternoon.

He said Lilley would be eligible for parole after four-and-a-half-years minus the 170 days he has spent in custody.

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