Park attack trial stopped as fresh evidence emerges

IPSWICH: The trial of three men accused of attacking a man, leaving him fighting for his life in a park, has been stopped after new evidence came to light.

Liam Rumsey, of Atherton Road, Ipswich, was left with severe head injuries after the alleged incident at Orwell Country Park in Nacton, near Ipswich on May 3.

On Monday Matthew Osborn, 22, of Valiant Road, Martlesham Heath, Darren Gorham, 22, of Marigold Avenue, Ipswich and Lewis Dowe, 22, of Ramsey Close, Ipswich were appearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

It is alleged the trio set upon Mr Rumsey at the request of his ex-girlfriend – Kristin Burns, 20, of Sinclair Drive in Ipswich.

All three deny wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.


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Mr Rumsey’s mum, Johanna Southgate said the news had been a “setback” but said she and her family are hopeful it will be resolved by the end of this year.

She said: “Liam is stronger than all of us.

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“He is doing really well now. It has been a hard few months, we were all geared up for the trial this week so today was a set back but we are hoping it will all be over soon.”

The jury hearing the case at Ipswich Crown Court were discharged yesterday after the prosecution called for the fresh evidence to be submitted as part of their case for the consideration by the defence counsel.

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