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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Cumbrian man admits attack in decorating row

A man accused of attacking a former house-mate in a row over payment for decorating has admitted the offence part way through his trial.

Sean McKenzie, 26, of Winifred Street, Workington, had denied assaulting Smiley Hodgson, causing him actual bodily harm. But he entered a guilty plea on the second day of his trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

McKenzie was given a 12-month community order, and told to do 150 hours unpaid work in the community.

He must also pay £250 compensation to his victim.

During the case, prosecutor Frances Hertzog said that Mr Hodgson had known McKenzie for about three years and they once shared a house.

Mr Hodgson had been having his house renovated and McKenzie did some decorating. The trial heard that on September 29 last year McKenzie had started shouting at Mr Hodgson, demanding payment.

Miss Hertzog said: “Smiley said he couldn’t afford to pay him and the defendant should know because he had told him. Without any warning the defendant punched Smiley to his head.”

Mr Hodgson suffered a wound to his eye.

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