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Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Carlisle yob lunged at man with knife

A yob who lunged at a man with a knife has avoided jail.

Colin Hopkins, 49, was invoilved in an incident at a flat on Chatsworth Square in Carlisle city centre, the street on which he lives.

On July 24 Hopkins had knocked on the door of the apartment, flanked by his girlfriend. A woman opened the door and she invited both to come into the property, where she had invited some friends around to drink and socialise.

These included two men – Richard Wright and Paul Dowell – who, Carlisle Crown Court heard, Hopkins had accused of making threatening phone calls to him. Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, told the court that Hopkins, who had been released from prison two days beforehand, sprung into action.

“He produced a black, serrated kitchen knife,” he said.

“He then lunged at Mr Dowell, who says he had to step back, landing on the floor.”

Mr Rogerson added that Hopkins made “three or four” jabs at his intended victim but was held back by the woman hosting the party.

Hopkins was then restrained by Mr Wright, who twisted his arm. In the struggle to do this, Mr Wright suffered a knife wound to his finger.

Presenting the knife used to the court, Mr Rogerson said: “The blood from Mr Wright’s finger is still on the knife.”

Recorder Roger Farley QC, presiding, told Malcolm Dodds, who was defending Hopkins, that he was likely to follow sentencing recommendations of a suspended sentence given in a report to the court.

Recorder Farley said: “An incident with a knife is terrifying and the proper sentence is one of 12 months imprisonment.”

However, he noted that Hopkins had pleaded guilty to his charge of affray when he had appeared in front of magistrates in Carlisle and reduced this to eight months, suspended for a year. He also gave Hopkins a 12-month supervision order and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £100.


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