Harborough man jailed after serious assault
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A man has been convicted at court after a number of offences in Market Harborough in 2020 and 2019.
Yesterday (Tuesday 11 May) at Leicester Crown Court, Jonathan Jamie Hickingbottom, 27, of Marmion Close, Market Harborough, was sentenced, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a knife blade/sharply pointed article in a public place, section 20 grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, assault of an emergency worker, possessing a controlled class B drug and theft from person.
He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison. His licence period was also extended for a further two years.
At around 9.30pm on Tuesday 14 April, Hickingbottom broke into a flat in Riverside Court, Farndon Road.
When inside, Hickingbottom pushed over the victim, a man in his 20s, and pulled out a small handgun before striking him to the head.
A large knife was produced and Hickingbottom struck the victim leaving a wound to the knee which required stitches.
The victim named the suspect as Hickingbottom who was known to him.
In the early hours of 29 November 2019 in High Street, Market Harborough, Hickingbottom assaulted a man in his street. The victim sustained cuts and bruising and had a small quantity of cash stolen.
A quantity of drugs were found on Hickingbottom when he was arrested and he assaulted the arresting officer.
Detective Constable Robin Bonell was the investigating officer, he said: “The victim in the Farndon Road assault was very lucky to have not been more seriously injured as we believe the intent was to cause him more harm than what was inflicted. Hickingbottom went there knowing he had the use of an imitation firearm and knife, just shows the extent and level of violence he intended to use.
“I am very grateful for the support of a number of different teams across the force, assisting in the apprehension of the suspect and his arrest.
“I am pleased Hickingbottom has admitted to the offences and spared the victims the ordeal of reliving the events of last year in the court room.”
A 30-year-old woman who was also charged with a number of offences relating to the April incident has since had the case against her discontinued.