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Lowestoft man found guilty of town centre stabbing

PUBLISHED: 17:05 08 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:05 08 April 2019

Jason Hamilton will be sentenced next month for stabbing a man in Lowestoft. Picture: Archant

Jason Hamilton will be sentenced next month for stabbing a man in Lowestoft. Picture: Archant

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A Suffolk man will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of a stabbing in Lowestoft town centre.

Jason Hamilton of Suffolk Road, Lowestoft, had denied stealing £160 cash, wounding a victim with intent to do him grievous bodily harm and having a bladed article in Station Square on October 26 last year.

The 46-year-old was cleared by a jury of theft, having a knife and wounding with intent, but was convicted of the alternative, less serious offence of wounding.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the victim confronted Hamilton in Lowestoft town centre and demanded he returned money that he believed Hamilton had stolen from a homeless alcoholic earlier in the day.

Hamilton denied taking the money and the victim allegedly headbutted him.

Later the same day, Hamilton and the victim saw each other in Station Square and, during an angry exchange, Hamilton swung at the victim with a kitchen knife, causing a cut to his neck under his left ear which was later treated at hospital.

Judge David Pugh adjourned sentence until May 3 for a probation report.

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