‘Dangerous’ man who held knife to woman’s neck in ‘terrifying’ Haverhill attack jailed for five years

PUBLISHED: 11:25 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:25 18 July 2017

Frederick Potter and Ipswich Crown Court. Pictures: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY/GREGG BROWN

Frederick Potter and Ipswich Crown Court. Pictures: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY/GREGG BROWN


A 34-year-old who man who held a knife to a woman’s neck and threatened to kill her if she didn’t tell him who his ex-girlfriend had been sleeping with has been jailed for five years.

Frederick Potter, 34, from Barking, East London. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYFrederick Potter, 34, from Barking, East London. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Frederick Potter told the terrified woman she had a set number of seconds to tell him what he wanted to know and made cutting motions to her neck to illustrate what he would do if she disobeyed him, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

During the incident in Haverhill in June last year Potter had stabbed himself causing a puncture wound which started bleeding and had checked the front door of the house to make sure it was locked, said Claire Matthews, prosecuting.

He had also pushed his former partner around and smashed her mobile phone.

The incident came to an end after Potter made a telephone call saying he was holding his former partner and her friend hostage and was going to kill one of them. Two men he knew arrived and persuaded Potter to leave, said Miss Matthews.

Potter of Barking, Essex, admitted assault by beating, criminal damage, two offences of false imprisonment and three offences of threatening to kill.

Jailing him for five years with an extended licence period of two years Judge David Goodin described Potter as “dangerous” and said he posed a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm by the commission of similar offences in the future.

He described the offences committed by Potter as “frightening and terrifying”.

Miss Matthews said that in August last year another woman who had been in a relationship with Potter was with a female friend at a house in Haverhill in the early hours of the morning when Potter arrived in an agitated state.

While at the house he picked up a knife and made as if to stab his girlfriend in the leg causing her to scream.

He then ordered her to go into a bedroom and to lie on the bed. He had then stabbed the knife towards her stomach but fortunately the duvet took the impact and she was not injured.

Ashley Hendron for Potter said the current offences represented an escalation in his client’s offending.

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