Man found guilty of attempted murder following axe attack in Clare

A man has been found guilty of attempted murder following an incident in Clare in March last year.

David Perry, of St Margarets Place, in Stradishall, was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court today, Tuesday, January 17, of the attempted murder of a 37-year-old man in Clare on March 19, 2022.

Officers were called at 8.16pm to the Bell Hotel, in Market Hill, following reports a man had been attacked by someone with an axe.

An initial disagreement had taken place inside the hotel between Perry and a group of friends the victim was with. Perry had been told to leave the pub but returned a short time later, when he attacked the victim.

The victim suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

Perry was arrested the following day, March 20, 2022, in Bury St Edmunds, on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre. While there he was further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The 40-year-old was subsequently charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Perry had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to possession of an offensive weapon and to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm; but denied the charge of attempted murder.

Following the trial, PC Jacqueline Isobel White of Suffolk Constabulary’s West CID, said: “This was a cowardly attack and a frightening experience for the victim, his family and for those that witnessed this incident. The victim is extremely lucky to have survived.”

The victim and those that witnessed the incident were praised for their support of the investigation.

Perry will be sentenced on March 6, subject to confirmation.

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