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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle court case ditched after accused dies

A court case has been abandoned after the defendant died.

Carlisle Crown Court was told the body of Ivan Hunter, 43, was found at his home in west Cumbria.

Mr Hunter, of The Chestnuts, Distington, had been due to stand trial at the court accused of affray and assault this week.

But Judge Paul Batty QC yesterday read a statement in open court revealing the death.

He said: “I have received evidence in this case in the form of a statement from PC David McDonald.

“It says on December 22 he attended The Chestnuts, Distington, following the report of a sudden death.”

The report said the officer was confident this was the body of Ivan Hunter.

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