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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Cumbrian man convicted of attack on woman as she lay on ground

A man who punched a woman then kicked her while she was on the ground has been found guilty of assault.

Related: Man punched woman after shouting lesbian insult, court told

Ian McDonald, 27, of Seven Acres, Parton, near Whitehaven, attacked Kimberley McConville after shouting homophobic abuse at her and a group of friends, Carlisle Crown Court heard during a three day trial this week.

Miss McConville, who lives in the north east, was visiting a friend in Lowca when the incident happened on May 5.

She was standing outside smoking when McDonald walked past and shouted “lesbians” at the group.

Miss McConville responded to this and an angry exchange followed.

After this, McDonald walked over to the group and threw a punch at Miss McConville, which knocked her to the ground. While she was down, McDonald kicked her in the head.

As a result, Miss McConville was bleeding from her mouth and lost most of one of her front teeth. He then got into a car driven by his then girlfriend and left the scene of the crime.

McDonald tried to argue that a different version of events had taken place when he appeared in the dock.

The jury of five men and seven women found McDonald guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm. He was cleared of assaulting two other women who had been with Miss McConville.

He will be sentenced on June 19.

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