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Lowestoft club-goer glassed man

PUBLISHED: 11:13 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:34 05 July 2010

Aaron Rampling, aged 25, of Payne Street, Lowestoft, who was jailed for five years at Ipswich Crown Court.

Aaron Rampling, aged 25, of Payne Street, Lowestoft, who was jailed for five years at Ipswich Crown Court.

A CLUB-GOER who left a man needing more than 30 stitches in his face and head after viciously attacking him with a glass has been jailed for five years.

A CLUB-GOER who left a man needing more than 30 stitches in his face and head after viciously attacking him with a glass has been jailed for five years.

A police chief this week applauded the sentence handed down to 25-year-old Lowestoft man Aaron Rampling after describing it as one of the most serious examples of alcohol-related violence in the town in recent times.

Rampling was at Lowestoft's seafront Hush Hush nightclub when he attacked Maciej Pajdzik with a glass, leaving him with a number of cuts to his face and head, which needed 34 stitches.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Wednesday (February 18) how the attack followed an incident between Rampling and two men during a night out in February 2008.

Rampling, of Payne Street, left the dance floor and returned with a glass to attack Mr Pajdzik, who was 21 at the time, and also suffered cuts to his neck.

Rampling had denied inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Pajdzik, but was found guilty following a trial last month.

The case was adjourned until Wednesday so reports could be prepared.

Following the case, Det Insp Darrell Skuse, of Suffolk police, said: “The sentence shows that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Alcohol was a contributory factor and the message is that if you go out and drink excessively, then you have to be responsible for your actions.”

Det Insp Skuse praised the quick actions of staff at Hush Hush, who immediately alerted police to the attack and ensured officers were able to arrest Rampling a short time later.

He added that officers regularly worked in partnership with club and pub owners to tackle late-night violence and pointed to Lowestoft's Night Safe initiative, which ensures troublemakers are banned from all member establishments.

“I would like to stress that this kind of incident is uncommon and we don't want to discourage people from going out and having a good time,” said Det Insp Skuse.

Neelam Sharma, for Rampling, said that following his conviction, her client had “held his hands up” and accepted full responsibility for his actions on the night in question.

She added that Rampling recognised he had a problem controlling his temper after he had been drinking and he was keen to receive help while he was in prison.

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