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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Teenager tried to gas man after gay sex session in Workington

A teenager turned all the gas taps on as he left the house of a man with whom he had just engaged in a gay sex session, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

The 18-year-old then returned to the house and tried to stab Brian Monan, 47, who he met through an internet gay chatroom.

The teenager – who cannot be named because of a court order – was originally accused of attempted murder.

But that charge was dropped when he pleaded guilty instead to attempting to wound the man with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

He also admitted administering a noxious substance – the gas he left pouring from all six burners in the kitchen.

Prosecuting counsel Jennifer Blewitt told the court the teenager had been communicating with the man for some time through text messages before he agreed to meet him.

The pair then returned to the man’s home for sex and the younger man left afterwards, leaving the kitchen gas turned on and unlit.

Soon afterwards, Ms Blewitt said, he returned with the knife and thrust it at the man as he opened the door. The man suffered only a minor scratch – thanks to the protection offered by the thick towelling bathrobe he was wearing at the time. The teenager was arrested that night in Harrington Road, Workington, after phoning the police claiming he had tried to kill someone.

The case was adjourned until late November to allow time for the teenager to see a psychiatrist.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody.

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