Man, 32, jailed for booze-fuelled attack

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A drink-fuelled attack left a man with a broken jaw and having to undergo surgery to have metal plates and screws inserted to mend the fractures.

On Thursday the 32-year-old trainee surveyor who caused the injuries was jailed for 20 months after he admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm.

Peter Ancell, of Exning Road, Newmarket, had been out drinking with friends, including the victim Thomas Foddy when the incident happened in August last year.

Prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, Ray Joshi said Ancell’s former girlfriend, who was moving to Manchester the next day, had been out drinking with friends the same evening and began walking together with Ancell and Mr Foddy until Ancell stopped to urinate.

At that point that Mr Foddy and the woman decided to play a joke on him, hiding behind a parked car. When Ancell saw the pair walking away he ran up to Mr Foddy punching him in the face and continuing to kick and punch him when he fell to the ground.

Ancell, who had three previous convictions for assault, told police he felt jealous seeing his former girlfriend and Mr Foddy together and “saw red”, the court heard.

Mitigating, Steven Dyble said: “People don’t always behave rationally when they have had a drink.”

He told the court since the incident Ancell had, at his own expense and on his own initiative, been having weekly counselling sessions to address his behaviour. “This one night he let himself down. Since then he has done all he can to put it right,” he said.

Recorder Paul Taylor told Ancell: “It is very sad to see a man of your abilities appearing in front of the court for what was a gruesome attack on a defenceless man.”