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'Savage' attack on Lowestoft man

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:10 06 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT man suffered three fractured ribs and had to have his spleen removed after a "savage" attack in his home, it has been alleged.

Police officers went to Richard Miller's home in the town to arrest him for an alleged assault on his wife but when they went into the house they found him lying under a chest of drawers in his bedroom and blood stains on the walls and bedding, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

A LOWESTOFT man suffered three fractured ribs and had to have his spleen removed after a “savage” attack in his home, it has been alleged.

Police officers went to Richard Miller's home in the town to arrest him for an alleged assault on his wife but when they went into the house they found him lying under a chest of drawers in his bedroom and blood stains on the walls and bedding, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Charles Kellett, prosecuting, claimed that Mr Miller had suffered a “savage” beating and was taken to hospital for lifesaving surgery to have his spleen removed. He had also suffered three fractured ribs and had no recollection of the alleged attack on him.

Before the court is Shane Grigg, 24, of Yeovil Road, Lowestoft, who has denied causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Miller with intent in June 2007.

Mr Kellet told the court that on the night in question Mr Miller and his wife Shirley had visited the Blues and Bloater pub in Lowestoft.

Mrs Miller appeared to have had too much to drink and after leaving the pub was seen sitting on the kerb with a cut on her head and was complaining about her husband.

When police officers went to Miller's home to arrest him on suspicion of assaulting his wife they got no answer and after entering the house they discovered him in the bloodstained main bedroom.

Mr Kellett alleged that swabs of blood taken from two walls in the bedroom matched Grigg's blood.

He claimed that Grigg was one of three men who had allegedly gone to Miller's house to carry out some sort of retribution in response to what he had allegedly done to his wife.

After his arrest Grigg claimed he had gone into the house to help a woman with her children and wasn't sure which rooms he had gone in.

The trial continues today (Tuesday).

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