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A PRISONER wrote a letter threatening to stab a man who he had already confronted with a machete, a court has heard.

Aron Chalk, 21, threatened to stab Matthew Gross, from Mildenhall, kill witnesses and arrange for Mr Gross’ girlfriend to be kidnapped and killed in a letter sent while on remand at Norwich Prison.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday how Chalk had pleaded guilty to a charge of intimidating a witness after police confronted him with the letter.

When interviewed, Chalk, of Kingfisher Close, Haverhill, said he had been angered after reading a statement given by Mr Gross and wanted to scare him.

At the time of sending the letter, Chalk was on remand accused of the robbery that he would eventually plead guilty to, said Patricia Doggett, prosecuting.

Judge John Holt sentenced Chalk to 18 months in custody to run concurrently to the term he is already serving and which will not affect his release date.

The court heard that Mr Gross had been the victim of a robbery at his home in Cobblers Court on November 11, 2009.

The incident saw Chalk raid Mr Gross’ flat with a group of other men.

Mr Gross was struck on the back of the leg by a weapon with an 18 inch long blade during the robbery.

Property worth £620 was taken during the raid, including a laptop computer containing coursework done by Mr Gross’ girlfriend.

Chalk had committed the offence just five days after being granted early release from prison.

Chalk’s previous criminal record included 27 convictions for 55 separate offences.

Police arrested Chalk four days after the robbery and he had initially denied the accusations or even having been present at the flat, but later pleaded guilty.

Chalk was jailed for six years and eight months at Ipswich Crown Court for the robbery.

His earliest release date is March 2013, said his barrister Jane Oldfield.