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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Alcoholic assaulted step-sister - on way home from treatment clinic

An alcoholic has admitted assaulting her step-sister – just hours after leaving an alcohol-dependency clinic.

Carlisle magistrates heard how Karen Shanahan, 38, of Carleton Hall Walk, Penrith, had attended the clinic in Preston.

She returned on July 1 but was offered a drink on the train. She had drunk a litre and a half of vodka before reaching Carlisle.

The court was told that Shanahan had been passing her step-sister’s house, and stopped in the hope of help.

Gail Heard, defending, said that Shanahan pushed her sister against a wall and had been “flailing” her arms around.

Shanahan admitted common assault and was placed on a six-month community supervision order and a curfew for eight weeks between 7pm and 7am.

She must pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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