Man jailed after Needham Market attack
A man has been sentenced to nine years in jail after an incident of attempted murder in Needham Market.
18 year old Raekwon Jemmison, of Green Lane in Ilford, was jailed today (Tuesday the 25th of May) at Ipswich Crown Court. It follows a trial where he was found guilty on 23 February of attempted murder of a 30 year old woman at a property on Quinton Road, on October 19, 2019.
Officers were called at 6.10am to reports of a woman, aged in her 30s, being stabbed and found seriously injured in the driveway of a neighbour's home.
She had sustained multiple stab wounds including a collapsed lung, serious injuries to the kidney and liver and a perforated bowel.
Following police enquires Jemmison was arrested on Sunday 20 October in the London area on suspicion of attempted murder and was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning. He was subsequently charged on October 21 with attempted murder and possession of bladed article.
The court heard how the victim had met an individual called SK in Ipswich and that subsequently this individual would be setting up a drug dealing line in Needham Market and that SK would use her property as a base. The court heard during the trial that she had also met another man and all three of them had travelled back to Needham Market via train and the pair had all stayed over with her at her property before the stabbing took place the following morning.
At an earlier hearing Jemmison pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of bladed article. Nine years are to to be spent in custody with five further years on extended licence.
DI Stephen Clarke of Bury St Edmunds CID said: "This was a particularly nasty attack where the injuries have left the victim with significant long term impact which she is still recovering from. Jemmison will now have plenty of time to reflect on his violent actions in jail. This is another clear example that shows carrying a knife will only end in trouble. Carrying one puts yourself in much greater danger and you are likely to become a victim and get injured yourself. If you are found illegally in possession of a knife you will be arrested, put before the court and brought to justice. We are determined to take positive action to prevent offences by removing knives and offensive weapons before any harm is caused.”
DC Sarah Warner, the OIC for this investigation said: "The victim showed great courage and bravery in giving her evidence at court. Reliving the attack that Jemmison subjected her to and which left her in intensive care must have been extremely difficult for her but I hope she feel a sense of closure now he has bene given this custodial sentence.”