Man, 24, who gave attack victim ‘a good pounding’ in Bury St Edmunds is jailed

Bury St Edmunds town centre. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Bury St Edmunds town centre. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A 24-year-old man who carried out a late night violent attack on a man in Bury St Edmunds has been jailed for five and a half years.

A 24-year-old man who carried out a late night violent attack on a man in Bury St Edmunds has been jailed for five and a half years.

Sentencing Patrick Jackson at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Martyn Levett said he had given Edmund Gilbert “a good pounding” which had left him with multiple facial fractures, including a fractured jaw.

He said that during the attack Jackson had also cut Mr Gilbert’s face and hand with some sort of weapon and had kicked him at least three times after knocking him to the ground.

After leaving Mr Gilbert injured in the street Jackson had returned shortly afterwards and taken his coat.

Judge Levett said it was fortunate a passer-by came across Mr Gilbert, otherwise he could have been left lying there all night in a vulnerable state.

He said Jackson had been receiving medication while he had been in custody.

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“You have changed and there is a prospect of you continuing with this recovery,” said the judge.

Jackson, of Borley Close, Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Gilbert with intent in January last year and a bail act offence.

The court heard that on January 19, 2016 Mr Gilbert had been drinking in Bury St Edmunds and had ended up in the street with Jackson after staff at the Karooze Bar refused to serve them both.

As Mr Gilbert was walking with Jackson he was hit from behind and went to the ground, said David Wilson, prosecuting.

He was then stabbed in the face and hands with a sharp object and kicked before Jackson left with a bag containing Mr Gilbert’s work clothes.

Jackson had returned shortly afterwards and took Mr Gilbert’s coat from him, said Mr Wilson.

He said that earlier on the evening of the attack on Mr Gilbert, Jackson had tried to rob another man in Bury St Edmunds of his phone and money.

Despite being grabbed by Jackson the victim of the attack had managed to get away.

Jackson was subsequently jailed for ten months for the attempted robbery when he appeared in court in April last year.