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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Cumbrian man jailed for 'ambush' hammer attack

A man who attacked a friend with a hammer after an argument in a pub has been sent to prison for seven years.

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John Lowis, of Shap: Jailed for seven years after he admitted grievous bodily harm with intent

John Lowis, 45, was originally charged with attempting to murder 52-year-old Russell Mitchell, who was left permanently scarred from the facial injuries hesuffered in the late-night attack.

But that charge was dropped when he pleaded guilty instead to the less serious offence of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent to do so.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that the incident happened just before midnight on Sunday, August 12 after Lowis, who had been “drinking steadily” for several hours in the Crown pub in Shap, took exception to Mr Mitchell insulting the memory of his mother, who had died a fortnight before.

Lowis, of Mill Crest, Main Street, Shap, left the pub but waited around in Jackson Lane and “ambushed” Mr Mitchell from behind a car as he walked home with his friend William “Sean” Jones. Prosecuting counsel Timothy Brennand told the court Lowis knocked Mr Mitchell to the ground before hitting him with the hammer.

He struck up to ten blows and when the hammer head came off he used the handle to poke him in the eye.

The judge, the Hon Mr Justice Singh, also imposed a restraining order, banning Lowis from having any contact with Mr Mitchell for the next five years.

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