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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Man fined for illegally tattooing teenager

A man has appeared in court for illegally tattooing a teenager.

Paul Robert Nicholson, 22, admitted carrying out the procedure on a youth under the age of 18 when he appeared before magistrates in Carlisle.

Nicholson of Raiselands Croft, Penrith, also admitted failing to surrender to bail on May 30 which led to a warrant being issued for his arrest.

The court heard that after the youth admired tattoos which Nicholson had on his body, Nicholson went and bought a tattoo gun and tattooed a design on the youth’s back.

Lauren Heasley, defending, told the court that her client did not realise this was illegal. He had asked the youth’s mother if he could put the tattoo on the youth’s back and she allegedly said yes. The boy’s father contacted the police when he saw his son’s back.

Miss Heasley told the court that her client should have been in court last Thursday, but he did not turn up because “he was fearful of the consequences”.

Nicholson was fined £37 with court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge for administering the tattoo and was ordered to pay £73 for failing to surrender to bail.

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