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Hadleigh man jailed after unprovoked assault at bar

By Newsdesk Sudbury

Ipswich Crown Court. (2014029)
Ipswich Crown Court. (2014029)

A Suffolk man, who carried out an unprovoked attack inside a bar back in 2016, has been jailed for more than a year.

Lisle Mowles, 28, of Clopton Gardens, Hadleigh, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for his sentencing last week, after pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding.

Mowles, who had been drunk at the time of the incident and could remember nothing of what had happened, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment by Judge John Devaux, presiding, at the hearing on Thursday, May 10.

The unprovoked assault on Carl Ball, who had been talking with friends at the bar in Degaro’s in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, happened on December 24, 2016.

Mr Ball suffered a blow to his face with a glass in the attack, which left him with cuts above and below his eye, as well as the side of his head, and he also sustained a perforated eardrum.

The court heard that Mowles, who had been drinking alcohol for the entire evening and was with his girlfriend at the time, had got up and walked over to Mr Ball, launching the attack without a word being said.

After being removed from Degaro’s by a doorman, Mowles was arrested a short time later by a police patrol, who saw him covered in blood, and was subsequently charged.

Later on, when he was being interviewed by police, he told officers that he had no memory of what had taken place.

However, after being shown the CCTV images of the incident, Mowles accepted that he had injured Mr Ball.

Mowles had pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding before the beginning of a trial earlier this year, at which he was found not guilty of a separate charge of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) to Mr Ball.

Appearing for Ball in mitigation, Joanne Eley said her client was remorseful about the incident and had lost his job as a result of what had happened.

Mowles had been “heavily in drink” on the night the assault occurred, Miss Eley told the court.


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