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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Thug stamped on man in supermarket row - then told police

A teenage thug punched a man to the ground and then stamped on him.

He then took the “strange” step of going to a police station and telling officers about his crime.

Adam Littleton, 19, of no fixed abode, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The crime took place on May 2 last year in the Whitehaven branch of Morrisons.

Littleton approached a man named Dylan Kirm, who was carrying cans of lager, and told him to hand over the alcohol.

When the man refused Littleton punched him five times and, once he had fallen to the ground, stamped on his upper body.

The events were witnessed by staff at the store, who contacted police. The man was not seriously injured in the assault.

Kim Whittlestone, defending, told the court that other people had been involved in the attack and they had received custodial sentences as a result. Littleton, who appeared from custody, had come forward after finding this out.

“He entered a police station and this resulted in his imprisonment,” she said, adding that he had served three weeks.

Since the attack Littleton had carried out two other crimes which had resulted in imprisonment. In January he was sentenced to 30 days in a young offenders centre after admitting five offences: assaulting a police officer, being drunk and disorderly on New Year’s Eve, using threatening behaviour and two incidents of causing damage to cars.

In March he was given a 70-day sentence in a young offenders centre after admitting two charges of assaulting police officers in Whitehaven.

“Your appearance before this court occurs in quite a strange way,” Recorder Kevin Grice, presiding, said.

He pointed out that since the incident, Littleton had served two custodial sentences and was appearing from custody after three weeks inside after speaking to police.

Recorder Grice sentenced Littleton to a six-week sentence for the crime, of which he would serve half, meaning he could be released yesterday. Littleton was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

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