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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Drunken man launched violent attacks at birthday party

A young man who attacked two people after drinking too much at a 50th birthday party has been given a suspended jail sentence.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Gordon Maudling, 23, of Dalegarth Avenue, Whitehaven, admitted two counts of assault causing his victims’ actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor David Polglase outlined how, for no good reason during the party at Egremont’s Falcon Club, Maudling first punched one man and then headbutted another in a smoking shelter.

Defence barrister Greg Hoare said Maudling had changed for the better since the offence.

The birth of his son had brought home to him how important it was to stop drinking and stay out of trouble.

Passing sentence, judge Barbara Forrester told Maudling: “The behaviour you exhibited on the night of this party, where you committed two assaults, was the type of behaviour that spoils parties for everyone else.

“It seems clear that you had had too much to drink and you were unable to control your behaviour and two people suffered because of that.”

Noting that Maudling was in court in 2011 for a similar offence, she imposed a 16-month jail term suspended for two years, with 12 months Probation Service supervision.

He must also pay £500 towards the prosecution costs and attend a thinking skills course.

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