Man convicted of grievous body harm after assaulting 72-year-old

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm following a serious assault in Bury St Edmunds.

James Sinclair, 24, of Green Lane, Honington was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and assault by beating after a two-day trial at  Ipswich Crown Court.

Officers were called at 2.30am on Saturday, November 24, 2018, to reports that a man had been assaulted on Tayfen Road near to the Fire Station in the town.

The victim, a 72-year-old man, was walking home with his son when they were approached by a man. An altercation then took place and the victim was punched in the head causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect ran off in the direction of the back of the Wilko carpark.

As a result of the attack the victim sustained serious, life-threatening head injuries and was taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge. The man had lengthy surgery to treat his injuries and is still recovering.

Then victim’s son also sustained minor injuries.

Later that evening officers arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the incident

James Sinclair was re-arrested on January 9, 2019, and charged with grievous bodily harm and assault by beating.

Sinclair is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court in the week beginning January 27, 2020.

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