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Suspended sentence for Bungay man with 155 previous convictions

10:46 30 November 2012

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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A Bungay man with 155 previous convictions has been given a suspended sentence after breaking a security guard’s wrist.

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Brendon Eckworth, of Old Grammar Lane, Bungay, admitted assaulting a security guard at the town’s Co-op store in Hillside Road.

Ipswich Crown Court was told that Eckworth had been seen acting suspiciously at the shop, at around 7pm on April 24.

When the security guard approached Eckworth, he became aggressive and swore at him, said Godfried Duah, prosecuting.

He refused to go with him, removed a carton of milk from his pocket, squirted the contents over the guard’s trousers and said: “Where is your evidence? What have I nicked?”.

There was then a struggle during which the security guard suffered a broken wrist.

Eckworth, 46, admitted shoplifting and assaulting the guard, causing him actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced to a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, with a supervision requirement and a nine-month drugs activity requirement.

Sentencing him, Judge Roderick Newton said Eckworth, who has 155 previous convictions, had realised halfway through the struggle, if not before, that the man was a security guard.

He warned that unless Eckworth was able to kick his 20-year heroin habit once and for all it could kill him.

David Wilson, for Eckworth, said his client had misused heroin over a 20-year period. “He steals to fund his habit,” said Mr Wilson.

However, he said Eckworth had sought help for his addiction and was currently off heroin.

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