Attacked in his own flat

A TERRIFIED youth barricaded himself in his flat as a former schoolmate broke in armed with a knife, Notts Crown Court heard.

A TERRIFIED youth barricaded himself in his flat as a former schoolmate broke in armed with a knife, Notts Crown Court heard.

Attacker Ben Cooper, 19, was accusing Mark Schofield, of Moorfield, Walkeringham, of taking advantage of a drunken young girl a week earlier.

Prosecutor Peter Walmsley said how Cooper arrived at the flat at about 10pm on 29th July and banged on a door downstairs.

Mr Schofield locked his door upstairs and called the police as Cooper broke through the downstairs door.

"Mr Schofield tried to barricade himself in his living room by putting chairs against the door. But Cooper made a hole in the door, climbed through and went for him, punching him a number of times," said Mr Walmsley.

Two girls who have not been named for legal reasons - arrived at the flat and tried to calm him down.

Cooper pulled out a butterfly knife and threatened to stab Mr Schofield who picked up a coffee table to protect himself.

The girls began screaming, Cooper kicked a stereo off its stand and left.

"Mr Schofield was so frightened he jumped out of the window," said Mr Walmsley. "The police arrived and Cooper said its me you want."

Cooper claimed he had taken the knife in case Mr Schofield had produced a gun. He admits at stabbing the table, but said he would not have hit Mr Schofield with the knife.

Cooper, of Hyllside Avenue, Misterton, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and having a bladed article.

His plea of not guilty to aggravated burglary with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was accepted.

Sentencing was adjourned by Judge John Hopkin to 12th October for reports to be prepared on him.