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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Cumbrian man claims he threw vodka bottle to warn off attacker

A Whitehaven man so feared for his safety that he threw a bottle of vodka to warn off someone he thought was going to attack him.

However, the missile struck Stefan Brown, from Copeland Avenue, in the face, causing a 2.5cm cut to the bridge of his nose.

Kane Johnson, a 20-year-old roofer from Meadow Road, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court where he denies a wounding charge and claims to have acted in self defence.

He said he had been drinking in a local pub with a friend and they were walking home when they heard music coming from the Browns’ home and thought there was a party going on.

“We went to see if could get in and went to the window,” said Johnson.

However, he said that when the occupants saw them they started shouting and one man, John Pears, jumped through an open window and started to attack him.

Johnson added that Antoinette Brown, the wife of Stefan, was shouting at him and Mr Pears started to punch him in what he described as a “scuffle”.

“I threw the bottle towards him to make sure I could get away,” he said. “There were three of them trying to get me. I just panicked.”

Earlier the jury heard Mrs Brown, in her evidence, say that Johnson had come down her pathway demanding to see someone who did not live at the address.

She said they had asked him repeatedly to leave and added: “They knew for a fact he didn’t live there. I said to John, ‘Tell them to move’. Kane Johnson demanded a phone number for him which we didn’t have.”

She said the argument escalated and she called for her husband who was upstairs at the time.

She said she was pushed to the ground and the next thing she knew she saw her husband on the ground next to her covered in blood although she admitted that she did not see the bottle being thrown.

The case continues.

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