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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Cumbrian man attacked partner on consecutive days

A man has walked free from a Carlisle court after he admitted attacking his partner on consecutive days.

Magistrates heard how 48-year-old Stephen Wright was holding his victim Lesley Long in a headlock when he attacked her on the second occasion.

He entered guilty pleas to two separate counts of assault by beating when he appeared before magistrates at the city’s Rickergate courts.

Pam Ward, prosecuting, described how the first offence happened as the couple sat in the Wright’s flat in Brindlefield, Wigton.

“The couple had been in a relationship since December 2012, and the first assault was on Sunday, August 18,” said Mrs Ward. “An argument started and Wright accepts that he assaulted her, punching her once.”

The second attack happened the following day when Ms Long returned to the flat to collect her belongings.

Mrs Ward said Wright fully accepted that he punched Ms Long once to the head while holding her in a headlock.

Paul Green, for Wright, who has now found a new home in Penrith, said that Wright’s mental health had had an impact on his offending.

The lawyer spoke of the “negative effect” that jail could potentially have on Wright.

He said Wright did not oppose the prosecution’s application for a restraining order forbidding contact between Wright and his victim, adding: “His instructions to me are that he accepts the relationship is over.

“He knows that he needs to move on. This is a man who is asking for the help he is being offered.”

Magistrates said the seriousness of the offences was aggravated by their domestic setting and the fact that Wright had taken alcohol.

They imposed a two-year community order with a supervision requirement, along with compensation for the victim of £150, £100 prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge. They also told Wright that he can have no contact whatsoever with Ms Long, either by letter, phone, or any social media such as Facebook.

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