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Cumbrian man made knife threat after fat jibe - court

A man held a knife inches in front of another man’s face after being called fat, a court has been told.

Karl Carnochan, 31, of Yeathouse Road, Frizington, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

He is accused of threatening the man on May 4 last year when he was walking with his partner Amy Fowler and their dog on a path leading to Cleator Moor.

While walking back home Carnochan said he heard two young people – one male and one female – describe him as fat.

Miss Fowler went over to the female and demanded an apology. This led to an argument and an assault, which she admitted at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court last year.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, alleged that while this happened Carnochan also went up to the man, held the knife in front of his face and said: “Have you got a problem with me and if you have got something to say, then say it now.”

She also read statements from police officers who said that Carnochan had been aggressive when arrested that night and had told them he had a knife.

Under cross-examination Carnochan said he had told officers about the knife because he had been asked if he was carrying one.

He added that it was a present from his grandfather and he had used it to carve sticks and in other activities such as fishing. He also admitted having it with him when he went out with the dog and Miss Fowler.

Carnochan told the jury that he had had the knife out to carve a stick for his dog while Miss Fowler was arguing with the young couple. He added that he gone over her to get her away from the situation but had put the knife away.

“It was nowhere near his face,” he said.

“I did not use the knife, I did not threaten him.

Miss Fowler also gave evidence. She was asked by Miss Muir if she was covering for her partner and knew Carnochan had held a knife to the man’s face.

She replied: “I know for a fact that that did not happen.”

Carnochan has pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening a person with a bladed article.

The trial continues.


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