Victim left with £5,000 dental bill

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to an assault that left his victim needing more than £5,000 of dental treatment.

Stephen Ellis lost two teeth and suffered cuts to the roof of his mouth when he was attacked by three men.

On Tuesday, one of the attackers, Mark Ellis, 23, of Gonville Close, Mildenhall, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to plead guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The two men are not related, but the assault was sparked by an alleged incident involving Mark Ellis’ sister.

Robert Sadd, prosecutor, said the victim had been confronted by three men who had punched and kicked him unconscious.

Before leaving, one of the men told Mr Ellis: “If you tell the police we’ll be back.”

As a result of the attack, Stephen Ellis had to go undergo dental treatment costing £1,279 and faces a further bill of more than £4,400, according to Mr Sadd.

Only Mark Ellis had been charged with the assault after police had been unable to the charge the other two in the legal time limit.

Charles Judge, in mitigation, said Mark Ellis became involved in the incident when he went to discuss allegations that his sister had been subject to verbal abuse and assaulted by Stephen Ellis. He claimed that when he went to talk to him, Stephen Ellis spat at him and swung a punch.

Mr Judge said his client had never been convicted of a violent offence and regretted his actions.

“He wishes that the clock could be turned back. Whatever the other Mr Ellis did in respect of his sister he knows that what he did was wrong,” he said.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Fenn said there was ‘no excuse’ for Stephen Ellis’ injuries.

He gave Mark Ellis a six month prison sentence suspended for one year with a requirement to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay Stephen Ellis £1,500 in compensation and obey a curfew for the next three months.