Man stabbed 30 times in knife attack

TERRIFYING details of a horrendous attack in which a man was stabbed 30 times have come to light after the victim appeared in court.

Derek Rawlings, 41, had a knife forced down his throat when hooded intruders broke into his house in Bury St Edmunds while he was in bed.

Rawlings suffered multiple stab wounds, hand and face injuries and lost teeth in the attack at his home in Raynham Road, Bury, on April 23.

But the extent of the frightening raid was only revealed when Rawlings appeared in Bury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with shoplifting.

Rawlings admitted stealing a bottle of Baileys from Tesco in Bury on May 7 and a bottle of wine from the Somerfield supermarket in the same town on May 17.

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But Paul Booty, in mitigation, said Rawlings had been the victim of a night-time knife attack at his home last month.

“He was assaulted in bed by three hooded intruders,” Mr Booty said. “The assault was horrendous.

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“As a result of the attack, he was stabbed no fewer than 30 times.

“He had a knife put down his throat.”

Rawlings raised the alarm at 12.20am when he went to a neighbour’s house to tell them his home had been broken into and he had been beaten up.

Mr Booty said Rawlings needed 150 stitches after the attack and police believe it is not safe for him to return home.

A police spokeswoman yesterday confirmed no-one had yet been arrested for the attack, which is being treated as an aggravated burglary.

Jailing Rawlings for a total of 28 days for the shoplifting offences on Tuesday, District Judge David Cooper said: “The whole story is quite horrendous.”

Anyone with any information about the incident can contact West Suffolk CID on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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