Lowestoft men jailed following violent attack outside Beccles pub

Alexander Gibb.

Alexander Gibb. - Credit: Archant

Two men, including one who was armed with a knuckle duster, who were involved in a violent late night attack on two other men in their 40s outside a Beccles pub have been jailed for a total of more than six years.

Matthew Knights.

Matthew Knights. - Credit: Archant

During the incident, which took place outside the Caxton Arms at around closing time, 19-year-old Alexander Gibb was seen kicking one of the victims while he was on the ground and 24-year-old Matthew Knights was captured on CCTV repeatedly throwing punches.

Knights, of Olive Court, Lowestoft and Gibb, of Whiting Road, Oulton, Lowestoft, admitted assaulting Gavin Parker and Nick Harvey causing them actual bodily harm on February 10.

Gibb also admitted possessing a shot glass and a knuckle duster as offensive weapons on the same date and an offence of affray in Norwich Road, Lowestoft, in a separate incident on February 12.

Knights also admitted breaching a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 21 months which was imposed in May last year for offences of battery and possessing a baseball bat as an offensive weapon.

Jailing Knights for 33 months and sentencing Gibb to 40 months detention in a young offenders' institution at Ipswich Crown Court today, Judge Rupert Overbury described the attack as 'sustained and repeated'.

Daniel Taylor, prosecuting said the incident arose out of an argument between the two groups of men after Mr Parker and Mr Harvey went outside the pub for a cigarette.

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Both victims required medical attention with swelling, cuts and pain to their heads, faces and ribs.

After they were arrested Gibb told police he was 'wrecked' at the time of the assaults and Knights admitted 'throwing a good few punches'.

Mr Taylor said that on February 12, Gibb had gone to the house in Norwich Road, after sending threatening texts to a man who lived there.

During the visit Gibb, who was armed with a knuckle duster, smashed glass in a window and a door at the premises and a car was also damaged.

Steven Dyble for Knights said his client had briefly run off during the incident and wasn't present when Gibb kicked Mr Parker on the ground.

He said Knights had not been aware that Gibb was armed with a knuckle duster.

Gibb, who was not legally represented in court, said he did not usually carry weapons around with him.

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