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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Carlisle man jailed for slashing victim's face with knife

A man who slashed the face of another man has been jailed for 18 months.

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James Tweedy, of Carlisle: Jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of unlawful wounding

James Tweedy, 34, of Newtown Close, Raffles, Carlisle, was found guilty after a two-day trial at the city’s crown court.

Tweedy left a wound about an inch long on the cheek of Adrian Tomkins after a row over the theft of some of his clothes.

The knifeman, who was found guilty of unlawful wounding, thought Mr Tomkins had stolen them.

The court heard that Tweedy pulled a knife on Mr Tomkins saying: “Have you met my friend Stanley?”

Tweedy then slashed Mr Tomkins' cheek with the knife.

In court, Mr Tomkins said he could not remember anything about the incident on May 23.

Sentencing Tweedy, Recorder Simon Medland QC said: “You have an appalling criminal record.

“It is quite clear that you concluded that Mr Tomkins had stolen your clothing. You roughed him up and made him a frightened man.

“It is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be imposed and that is one of 18 months in prison.”

The court heard the pair met at the junction of Raffles Avenue and Newtown Close when a man accused Mr Tomkins of stealing Tweedy’s clothes.

Prosecutor Brendan Burke said to Mr Tomkins: “You told police that Tweedy hit you across the back with one of his crutches. You said he then produced a small blue Stanley knife with a blade."

Giving evidence, Mr Tomkins said he had been drinking all day and didn’t remember anything.

He had gone to Tweedy’s home on Newtown Close in Raffles and then to the home of his ex-girlfriend who called the police.

“I can’t remember any of it,” said Mr Tomkins.

A neighbour said she heard “shouting and banging and calls of I’ll kill you” coming from Tweedy’s home next door.

Tweedy’s defence team had said any injury caused was by another man who had a dog chain, not by him.

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