Stowmarket: Wheelchair man ‘beaten in his home’

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Suffolk man was subjected to a violent attack by two men in his home, it has been alleged.

Nicholas Kemp had suffered fractures to his right leg and his left arm in an accident and at the time of the alleged attack by Michael Jay and Peter Shefford he still had an external frame attached to his leg to keep it in place, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Mr Kemp told the court he was at his home in Eastward Place, Stowmarket, with a friend in the early hours of June 20 last year when Jay and Shefford entered the property uninvited and took turns to beat him about the head.

He claimed the first blow was struck by 35-year-old Jay and that Shefford, also 35, then joined in. He said at one stage during the alleged attack, which lasted about 30 minutes, the men left his house only to return shortly afterwards and continue the beating.

Mr Kemp, 37, claimed that during the incident he was pulled to the floor and Jay sat on his chest while Shefford twisted his broken leg.

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Jay, of Kent Road, Stowmarket, and Shefford, of Bloomfield Road, Haverhill, have denied assaulting Mr Kemp causing him actual bodily harm.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said Mr Kemp lived alone in the semi-detached house and at the time of the alleged attack he was confined to a wheelchair after suffering injuries in an accident several weeks earlier.

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Cross-examined by Nicola Devas, for Jay, Mr Kemp agreed he and Jay had been friends and accepted he told another friend he suspected Jay of stealing tobacco from him. Mr Kemp denied a suggestion from Miss Devas that on the night of the alleged attack Jay had been speaking to him about the theft allegation and that he had attacked Jay.

The trial continues.

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