Machete attack victim tells court his arm almost came ‘straight off’ in Ipswich assault

The incident happened in Duke Street (stock photo)

The incident happened in Duke Street (stock photo) - Credit: Archant

The victim of a violent attack during a party at an Ipswich flat has described how his arm was nearly cut off with a machete.

Daniel McAlpine told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday that Luke Mason had swung the machete at him causing a cut to his left arm.

“He pulled it (the machete) out of my arm. It nearly cut my arm straight off,” he said.

He described falling back in to a sofa and crying as he thought about his family and then allegedly seeing Mason strike Kieron Pearson, another guest at the party, with the machete. He swiped at him and I saw four of his fingers were hanging off,” said Mr McAlpine.

He said Mason had then allegedly turned his attention back to him and had struck a downward blow to his hand with the machete slicing the tendons in two of his fingers.


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“I have no feeling at all in those two fingers now,” said Mr McAlpine.

He said the blow to his arm had cut down to the bone and had left him with a scar.

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Mason, 21, of Fore Street, Ipswich, has denied wounding Mr McAlpine with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, unlawfully wounding Mr Pearson and possessing an offensive weapon on May 30 and witness intimidation on July 14. The court heard the alleged attack took place during a party in a communal area at a block of flats in Duke Street on May 30.

Mr McAlpine said there had been a good atmosphere until Mason had allegedly started arguing with Mr Pearson.

Mason allegedly said: ”I’m going home to get my machete” and had left the flat.

Mr McAlpine described there being an atmosphere in the flat as everyone was wondering if Mason was going to come back.

He said he then heard a bang as if a door was being kicked open and Mason had allegedly walked in carrying the machete.

He claimed that after attacking him and Mr Pearson Mason had allegedly apologised and asked them not to tell the police.

He said several weeks after the alleged attack he had been sitting on a wall near St Clements Church in Ipswich when he saw Mason who allegedly said he’d heard Mr McAlpine had “grassed him up” and told him he had better “watch his back.”

Cross-examined by Penelope Blake for Mason, Mr McAlpine denied he was lying about Mason being the person responsible for the attacks on him and Mr Pearson.

The trial continues today.

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