Man attacked with knife and CS gas

William MacKenzie ANL-140206-165248001
William MacKenzie ANL-140206-165248001

A Newmarket man has been locked up for his part in a knife and CS gas attack in a town alley.

The victim had been sprayed in the face with CS gas before being beaten to the ground and left with a knife embedded in his arm.

William Mackenzie (pictured), 20, of Park Lane, and his co-defendant Kam Flynn, 18, of Bury St Edmunds, both admitted wounding Joseph Farr in November last year.

Judge David Goodin, who described the attack as “most serious”, sentenced Mackenzie, who was on bail for other offences at the time, to two and a half years and Flynn to two years.

Prosecuting, Alison Ginn, told Ipswich Crown Court Mackenzie had been jealous following the breakup of a two and a half year relationship with Donna Seymour and had threatened to stab anyone she went out with.

He had been convicted by a jury of assaulting Miss Seymour and damaging her property and, while on bail awaiting sentence, had attacked Mr Farr who he discovered was seeing his ex-girlfriend.

On the night of the attack, the court heard Mr Farr had arranged to meet Flynn allegedly to buy cannabis. When he got to an alleyway near Park Avenue, he was sprayed in the face with CS gas by Flynn before Mackenzie appeared and they both began punching him.

As his attackers fled, Mr Farr discovered a knife stuck in his arm. Mackenzie and Flynn were arrested the next morning. Mitigating, Joanne Eley said Mackenzie said he did not know a gas cannister or knife would be involved. but accepted that it had been a joint enterprise and he had to bear responsibility.