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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Four years' jail for Workington pub knife attack man

A MAN who carried a knife into a busy pub and wounded another man after waving the implement over his head has been jailed for four years.

Ryan Beattie, 31, of Milton Drive, Workington, admitted his crimes at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

On the evening of December 5 this year, Beattie was in The Henry Bessemer on New Oxford Street, Workington.

He got into an argument with another man who was in the pub after a football match.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, told the court that Beattie had been told by the other individual to “shut up”, after which Beattie left the pub saying he would be back later.

Mr Rogerson said: “Fifteen minutes later he returned. A friend said (to the other man) to watch his back.”

The man turned around to see Beattie standing behind him carrying a knife with a red handle which had an eight-inch serrated blade.

Beattie then swung the knife over the man’s head. He was able to deflect it and only suffered a small wound to his hand as a result.

The police were called. Beattie ran away from the pub – followed by an officer – and threw the knife away.

Shortly afterwards, Beattie was arrested and the weapon was recovered.

Mark Shepheard, defending, said Beattie regarded the man who he had waved the knife at as a friend.

He added that Beattie had no previous history of violent crime – though he has previously served a prison sentence for heroin offences – and had drunk a lot of vodka before going to the pub that evening.

Beattie pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article.

Judge Peter Hughes, presiding, said: “This was absolutely foolish, you had far too much to drink. The injury could have been far worse than it was.”

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