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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Carlisle man jailed for brutal attack on ‘friend’

A man meted out a brutal revenge attack on a friend after being told the victim was having sex with his ex-partner.

Daniel Mulholland, 27, of Hopes Hill Drive, Harraby, Carlisle, was jailed for 16 months for the attack which left his victim in need of hospital treatment.

Peter Jackson had been staying in a friend’s flat in Botcherby on January 31 when Mulholland entered the house, dragged him out of bed and then rained blows on him.

Prosecutor Becky McGregor said Mulholland had shouted: “You have been sleeping with my bird”.

He punched Mr Jackson repeatedly in the head before kicking him once in the face.

The court also heard from Miss McGregor that an “hysterical female” was in the room, and that the punches were so violent that Mr Jackson had at first assumed that he was being hit with an object.

He suffered bruises and a gash to his eyebrow which required stitches.

He also sustained a chipped bone on his hand where he had tried to fend off his attacker.

Miss McGregor said there had been “premeditation” in the attack because he had waited till he was sober to launch the assault.

The court heard that Mr Jackson had been shocked by the extent of his injuries and that the attack had caused him considerable anxiety.

Keith Thomas, defending, said: “The best point I can make is the fact that in interview he admitted what he had done and why he had done it, and he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“He has never sought to shy away from it.”

The court heard that Mulholland had been on friendly terms with his ex and went on a foreign holiday with her in September.

But shortly after they returned he received a short prison sentence.

Mr Thomas said that Mulholland, who admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, felt that Mr Jackson had “abused” their friendship while he was serving that sentence.

Summing up, the judge, Recorder John Murray, said: “It’s quite clear that what you did has had a profound and detrimental effect on Mr Jackson.”

He said that Mr Jackson had been “vulnerable” because he had been asleep in bed at the time.

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