A man who was ‘out of control on drugs’ when he carried out two attacks in Haverhill has been jailed by a judge who condemned his use of ‘extreme violence’.
David Butler, 42, of Pipers Close, appeared yesterday at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding, false imprisonment and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Jailing him for seven years and four months, Judge Rupert Overbury said Butler had been out of control on drugs and posed a danger to the public.
The court heard how on September 13 last year, Butler had been at his friend Jamie Loryman’s home in Anglian Place, Haverhill.
Prosecuting, Charles Myatt said that Butler had sprayed carpet cleaner into Mr Loryman’s face before pinning him to the floor and telling him: “If you make any more noise I’ll do you.”
The court heard Mr Loryman had eventually escaped by jumping from a first floor window after being tied up with electrical flex and scarves for three hours and facing demands for money.
Mr Loryman suffered a spinal fracture, broken nose and a stab wound to his back which required eight stitches.
Mr Myatt said the second incident on September 28 happened at Butler’s partner’s home in Pipers Close, Haverhill.
After Butler’s partner argued with Liam Bonnet about money, Butler threatened to stab Mr Bonnet who fled into the street, colliding with a woman with a pushchair and children and fell over.
Mr Bonnet was pinned against the front of a passing car as he tried to fight off Butler. Mr Bonnet suffered three stab wounds to his head.
Appearing for Butler, Matthew Sorel-Cameron said that at the time of the attacks his client’s drug us had been ‘spiralling out of control’.
Butler, who had spent everything he earned on drugs, had acted out of character and had not behaved in this way before, said Mr Sorel-Cameron.
Butler is also subject to an extended licence period of two years and eight months.