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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Cumbrian drinks man attacked friend over loan cash

A man was knocked unconscious by a friend he owed money to after taking “too long” to pay it back.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Lian Anthony Horner, 21, punched and kneed Grant Percival in the face after an afternoon drinking in Botchergate last September.

The 29-year-old fell screaming to the ground, briefly losing consciousness when he hit his head on the pavement.

When he staggered to his feet and tried to run away he tripped over, so Horner hit him again.

Prosecuting counsel Brendan Burke said the trouble started because Horner thought Mr Percival was taking too long to pay back the £20 he had lent him the previous week.

“Mr Percival was anxious to pay it back and volunteered to go to a cash machine with him,” he said. “But as soon as they left the bar they were in he was punched to the face, twice.”

Mr Burke said Mr Percival was “so frightened” he even gave the other man his bank card, but Horner simply threw it to the floor.

The court heard Mr Percival suffered swelling and cuts to his face and forehead and felt dizzy for some time afterwards.

Horner, who lives with his mother in Finn Avenue, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Percival, causing him actual bodily harm.

The court heard he had previous convictions including one for punching a man several times to the head, for which he had been sentenced just a month before the attack on Mr Percival.

Defence advocate Mark Shepherd said: “Horner quite clearly has a problem managing his aggression when under the influence of alcohol.

“You may think he is someone who lacks maturity.”

Mr Shepherd said Horner had given up binge drinking.

Horner was given a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work.

He was put under probation supervision for a year and must attend a course to control his use of alcohol.

The judge banned him from contacting Mr Percival in any way for two years.

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