Mobility scooter rider suffered broken shoulder in alleged attack in Brandon, court hears

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A man was knocked from his mobility scooter and suffered a fractured shoulder during an attack in the centre of Brandon, a jury has been told.

Joachin Cardoso, 62, went on trial at Ipswich Crown Court today after pleading not guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm.

The court heard that the alleged victim, Peter Shea, had died from unrelated causes since the incident on September 27 last year.

Prosecuting, Andrew Shaw said that a few days earlier Cardoso, of St Mary’s Square, Newmarket, had been involved in the theft of a wallet at The Flintknappers pub in Brandon which, though police were notified, was resolved with £80 being paid to the wallet owner.

Mr Shaw said CCTV showed Mr Shea driving his mobility scooter towards a nearby pedestrian crossing on September 27 when there was a verbal exchange between Mr Shea in which Cardoso was called a thief.

The jury have heard from witnesses who said they saw Cardoso running towards Mr Shea and shouting aggressively.

Teacher James Mehan who was waiting to cross the road in Market Square said Mr Shea appeared to be surprised.

Mr Mehan said: “He turned round. He reacted very defensively. He saw this man coming towards him. He definitely seemed as if he thought something as going to happen to him.”

The prosecution claim that Cardoso knocked Mr Shea to the ground with a single blow and then began hitting him while he was on the ground until the attack was stopped by another passer-by.

The trial continues.