Duo face jail after admitting double stabbing in Dereham

The charges related to incidents outside Jollyes pet food superstore in Dereham last year.

The charges related to incidents outside Jollyes pet food superstore in Dereham last year. - Credit: Archant

Two men have been warned they face jail after admitting their involvement in two stabbings in Dereham, which was over a drugs debt,

Matthew Xavier, 59, of The Maltings. Dereham admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, on September 17, last year.

He also admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice between September 23, last year and January 31, this year.

Ashley Lloyd, 29, of no fixed address, admitted one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on September 17, last year

The charges relate to two serious assaults which happened on September 17, last year, in an alleyway near Jollyes car park in the town.

Andrew Oliver, prosecuting, said that the plea by Lloyd was on the basis that Lloyd knew Xavier was going to enforce a drugs debt.


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'The Crown say Lloyd knew Xavier was going to seek to enforce a drugs debt either by threats or physical violence and he has lent himself to that.'

Judge Katharine Moore adjourned sentence for both men until March 24 and ordered reports to look into what danger both men posed.

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Xavier and Lloyd did not appear in the dock together but a plea was taken separately from each of the defendants.

John Morgans, for Lloyd, said that he realised he would get a custodial sentence,

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