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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Man who helped dump dying man on street sentenced by court

A man has been jailed for helping drag a defenceless man into the street and leaving him to die.

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Anthony Duncan

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Anthony Duncan, 20, of Fisher Street, Workington, is the third person to be imprisoned for what a judge described as a “dreadful matter”.

Sean Thompson, 39, of Whitehaven, was discovered lying in Curwen Street, Workington, in November 2011.

An earlier court hearing heard how he suddenly became ill while he and his friend Douglas Foster, 58, were taking drugs at the home of Duncan’s mum Lisa Noble, 39. Instead of helping him, Foster and Noble, who feared getting into trouble for using drugs, decided to dump him in the street outside.

Foster moved the comatose Mr Thompson with the help of Duncan, who was 19 at the time.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, Mr Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

All three defendants previously admitted perverting the course of justice and Judge Paul Batty QC jailed Foster for five years and Noble for 32 months in July.

In sentencing Duncan to 15 months’ detention in a young offenders’ institute, Judge Batty told him he had some sympathy for him as his role was less than the those of Noble and Foster.

“Had it not been for your loyalty to your mother it may well be that you would not have been involved in this heartless incident where a defenceless man was effectively left to die in the street,” he said.

Judge Batty also said he had hoped to pass a sentence which would allow him to make a “fresh start” but no housing agencies would give him accommodation due to Duncan’s previous bad behaviour.

“When properties have been offered to you it has ended disastrously with you and your friends managing to trash properties and cause disturbances throughout the neighbourhood,” he added. “As a result you are regarded as untouchable by housing providers in the area.”

Mr Thompson’s teenage daughter Sarah Reid-Thompson said after Noble and Foster were sentenced that what they did was “horrible”.

“If they’d been his friend they’d have helped him,” she added.

And her mother Pamela Reid-Martin said at the back of their minds they will always think that if Mr Thompson had got help he may still be alive today.

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