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Man denies trying to kill victim in Great Yarmouth attack

17:15 20 August 2014

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A man, who left a victim with appalling injuries after he struck him with a metal bar, told a jury he never meant to try to kill anyone but had just panicked.

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Clive Malone, 27, attended the birthday party of Tommy Lambert, 62, at his Albion Road address in Great Yarmouth, when he become involved in an argument with Tommy’s brother, Russell, over the choice of music on his laptop, Norwich Crown Court heard.

While people involved thought the argument was a “storm in a teacup”, Malone returned later that evening armed with a metal bar. Malone entered through an unlocked back door and launched the attack on Russell Lambert, which the prosecution claim was probably as he lay sleeping. Russell Lambert, who was 55 at the time, suffered brain damage and is now unable to feed himself, walk or communicate properly.

Malone, who had been living in Paget Road, also attacked Tommy Lambert and stole Russell Lambert’s laptop.

Malone, on the first day of his trial admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Russell Lambert and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Tommy Lambert. He also admitted aggravated burglary.

However Malone has denied an alternative charge of attempting to murder Russell Lambert.

Giving evidence, Malone admitted he carried out the attack, but denied he had any intention to try to kill Russell Lambert.

He said he had gone to the house to steal the laptop, when Russell suddenly woke up and he panicked.

“I’m really deeply sorry. I never went in there to kill the man. I never tried to kill anyone in my life. I did not plan for any of this to happen.”

He admitted he hit Russell Lambert more than once with the bar but claimed he had no idea how bad the injuries were, when he left the scene.

“I thought at most he was unconscious.”

It was only later he learned that the injuries were serious and thought about running away.”I knew I nearly killed a man and he is in a bad way but I never intended to kill him. I never did.”

He agreed the dispute with Russell had been “something and nothing” and said he had been drinking heavily and smoked cannabis the day of the attack.

Asked by Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, why he had attacked Russell in the way he had, Malone replied: “I just panicked. I did not go in there to try to kill anyone. It was panic, sheer panic.”

He said he also struck Tommy Lambert once with the metal bar but said it was just because he had got in his way as he tried to leave

“I hit Tommy for no particular reason at all other than he was in my way.”

The trial continues.

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