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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Cumbria attack victim faces £8,000 cosmetic surgery bill

A Workington man has admitted pushing a woman into a post – causing three of her teeth to be knocked out.

William Ritchie pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court heard how on November 30 last year Ritchie, of Grasmere Avenue, pushed the woman on one occasion knocking her into a post.

As a result of the collision, the woman lost three of her teeth, the court heard.

The victim, who appeared behind a screen in court, told the judge how she has had to have a metal plate inserted in her mouth following the incident.

She described how her face has changed shape without the plate and she now requires cosmetic surgery, which could cost up to £8,000 and take at least six months to permanently correct.

The woman said she would have to have the work done privately as it could not be done on the NHS.

“I would not wish this on anybody,” the woman told the court.

Greg Hoare, defending Ritchie, said his client had been in full time employment as a printer.

He added that Ritchie, 21, was not aware at the time of the incident of the “nasty” injury the woman suffered.

Recorder Geoffrey Lowe said it was accepted by both the prosecution and defence that it was a reckless rather than intentional push which resulted in the injury.

Mr Lowe described the incident as a serious matter because the woman’s injury was “quite severe”.

Ritchie was due to be sentenced today.

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