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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Man headbutted in ‘paedophile’ attack in Carlisle pub

A Carlisle man called another man a “paedophile” before headbutting him.

The assault happened in the Caledonian pub, on Botchergate, last month and left the victim with cuts to his mouth and lip.

Brian Hill, 62, of Borrowdale Gardens, off Wigton Road, had previously admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and appeared before Carlisle magistrates for sentencing.

The court heard how the innocent victim had been drinking since about 2pm on July 20 and Hill had arrived later in the afternoon.

The victim got up to leave the pub and was confronted by Hill who called him a “paedophile”, headbutting him in the face.

Hill sat back down but was subsequently ejected from the pub.

Prosecutor Julie Hanson said the victim’s mouth was bleeding.

After arresting Hill, officers discovered he was in possession of cannabis resin – a charge he admitted.

Geoff Clapp, in mitigation, told the court that his client had known the victim from “a long time back”.

He added that his client had been drinking but wanted to apologise to the victim and everyone else concerned.

The magistrates were given a pre-sentence report prepared by the Probation Service.

For both offences they placed Hill on a probation supervision order for one year and ordered him to comply with a six-month alcohol treatment programme.

In addition, they imposed a four-month curfew – monitored via an electronic tag – between 6pm and 6am.

Hill must also pay the victim £100 in compensation and court costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £60.

The court ordered that the class B drug cannabis be confiscated and destroyed.

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