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Kesgrave shooting: Sentencing of Woodbridge teenager who shot his friend in face adjourned for second time




The sentencing of a 16-year-old boy who shot his friend in the face in Kesgrave last year has been adjourned for a second time.

The Woodbridge teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court this morning following a trial in June which saw a jury find him guilty of attempted murder.

During the trial, the court heard that on September 7, 2020, the defendant confronted the victim as he walked to school.

Police arrested the defendant at an Ipswich property on the same day (Joe Giddens/PA)
Police arrested the defendant at an Ipswich property on the same day (Joe Giddens/PA)

He then shot him in the face with a shotgun which he had taken from his grandfather’s house.

He also pointed the gun at a man who looked out of the window of a neighbouring property.

The victim was in a life-threatening condition after the shooting, which left him with a major facial injury and a brain injury that resulted in a stroke.

The shotgun used in the Kesgrave shooting. Picture: Suffolk Police
The shotgun used in the Kesgrave shooting. Picture: Suffolk Police

He underwent 13 surgeries, including a jaw reconstruction, tracheostomy and partial skull reconstruction, and spent six months in a rehabilitation facility. He will now have to receive life-long treatment.

The court also heard that upon arrest he told the police “I did what I wanted to do, scummy as it was.”

Earlier this month the defendant’s sentencing was adjourned following the revelation of comments made by the teenager after the shooting.

The court heard the boy had made comments like 'I’ll probably kill again' and 'I’ll probably be inside until I’m 40 and I want to be famous for chemical warfare' while in a group session in a secure unit.

This morning, Judge Martyn Levett adjourned the sentencing a second time, to allow for more information to be gathered on how dangerous the teenager is.

The next hearing is set to take place on November 1.

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