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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian ex-soldier jailed for attack on woman in her home

A former soldier diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq assaulted a woman in her home while she was with one of her children, a court heard.

Mark Blamire, 25, was jailed for nine months at Carlisle Crown Court for the offence which happened last September.

Blamire, whose last address was in Moor Row, Cleator Moor, had been found guilty of the assault at a previous hearing by magistrates in Workington after he denied the offence. He was also found guilty by the magistrates of two charges of breaching a molestation order.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, told the court: “He is 25 and has eight previous convictions from a total of 15 offences.”

Carlisle Crown Court heard yesterday that the woman was in her home with one of her children when she heard a noise in her garden, which was caused by Blamire.

He pushed past the woman and made his way into the house dragging her to the ground pulling her hair.

Greg Hoare, defending, told the court that Blamire was a former soldier who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following service in Iraq. He had been discharged from the Army because of a previous offence and had not received the help he needed to deal with this condition from the NHS.

Mr Hoare also said Blamire had concerns about the reports on him which had been presented to the court.

Judge Barbara Forrester, presiding, offered to delay sentencing so a new document could be prepared.

But Mr Hoare replied: “We have reached a stage where Mr Blamire would like to know his fate one way or the other.”

He added that Blamire maintained that he was not guilty.

Judge Forrester said: “You threatened her by your presence. She repeatedly told you to leave the premises, which you did not agree to do.”

She sentenced Blamire to six months in prison for the assault and two three-month sentences for breaching the molestation order.

One of these will be served consecutively to the assault jail term.

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