Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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Man beat up girlfriend in retaliation, Carlisle court told

A man who beat up his girlfriend later claimed he only did it in retaliation after she punched him on the nose, a court heard.

But the prosecution at Carlisle Crown Court today rejected that explanation, saying it was “very different” to the version of events the woman gave to the police after the incident.

So now 23-year-old Shaun Joseph Boyd might have to give evidence to a judge if he wants to persist with his claim that it was his partner who struck the first blow.

Appearing via video link from Durham Prison, where he is being held on remand, Boyd, of Wasdale Close, Whitehaven, pleaded guilty to assaulting Tracey Wilkinson, causing her actual bodily harm.

He admitted the charge but only on the basis that he had “over-reacted” after Ms Wilkinson had given him a bloody nose.

He wanted to be dealt with immediately, but Judge Paul Batty QC said that because of the circumstances and Boyd’s past record of violence he needed more information before passing sentence.

Boyd was arrested after an incident on December 7, the court heard. The case was adjourned until February 13.

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