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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Carlisle man behaving like lunatic scared mother

A knife-wielding man who scared his own mother while behaving “like a lunatic” at her home has been jailed.

Robert Norris, 43, threw a chair across the kitchen before staring at mum Mary, 66, while holding a 6in blade during a drunken rage.

Norris, of Green Lane, Belle Vue, Carlisle, was jailed for a year after being sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court. He admitted affray and criminal damage.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, said Norris had been living at his mum’s home in Stanhope Road, off Wigton Road, since being released from prison.

At 8.10pm on May 25 she was at home and Norris returned “clearly drunk”.

“He returned complaining about various things and was making comments about his mother,” said Mr Rogerson.

There came a banging sound from the kitchen, the court heard, and Mrs Norris went through to discover a dent in the freezer.

“Norris threw a dining chair across the kitchen floor,” said Mr Rogerson.

“He picked up another chair which he lifted above his head.”

Mrs Norris went for help and came back. “At this time Norris was like a lunatic,” said Mr Rogerson. “He was shouting, swearing and working himself up.”

The court heard Norris put a knife through the kitchen door. “Norris then took another knife out of the drawer and went towards the living room where Mary Norris was,” said Mr Rogerson.

“He was holding the knife and staring directly at her. She said she was absolutely terrified.”

Police were contacted and Norris was arrested.

The court heard he had 23 previous convictions, which included cases of violence, public disorder and dishonesty.

Defence barrister Greg Hoare told the court: “He has accepted that there are problems he needs to address. He is rightly ashamed.”

The judge, Recorder John Corless, handed out a 12-month jail sentence for the affray charge and two months imprisonment for criminal damage, to run concurrently.

He also imposed a restraining order prohibiting Norris from contacting his mother or entering Stanhope Road for five years.

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