Thug faces prospect of jail after admitting stab attack

IPSWICH: An Ipswich thug is today facing the prospect of a prison sentence after changing his plea to admit an attack on a man who was stabbed at his Chantry home.

Darren Hilling had previously denied the offence, but altered his plea to guilty when he appeared before a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

The 21-year-old, formerly of Wellington Street, Ipswich, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. However, he pleaded not guilty to an offence of theft.

The incident occurred in Bittern Close, Ipswich, in March this year.

Colin Woods, the occupant of a flat, sustained a pierced liver when he was stabbed twice during what was alleged to be a burglary.

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Mr Woods also had to have eight stitches in a head injury, which he suffered during the incident.

The 55-year-old had been tied up during the break-in.

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Hilling was arrested in June this year in connection with the attack.

Mr Woods was assaulted early on March 25 while he was watching television in bed.

Although he had heard a noise in the property, he originally thought it had been caused by his cat.

Mr Woods raised the alarm after managing to untie himself before going to a neighbour’s house.

Hilling was remanded in custody after admitting the attack.

He will be brought back to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing at a later date.

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