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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Terminally-ill Carlisle man threw punch after dogs got into fight

A terminally-ill man threw a punch at another man after their dogs were in a fight in Carlisle city centre, a court heard.

Barry Peacock, who suffers from Huntington’s disease, had been at the bus station in Carlisle when his dog escaped and ran off after its lead broke.

By the time he caught up with the dog it was in a fight with another man’s dog, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard.

As Peacock tried to grab the animal he “accidentally” bumped into the wife of the other dog owner, “upsetting him significantly”.

The court heard Peacock, of Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, had threatened to punch the man as he walked after him.

Helen Wallace, defending Peacock, told magistrates he had claimed he had been hit in the head first but didn’t want to make a complaint and walked away.

But the other man was walking behind him and Peacock accepted he had thrown a punch, she added.

Miss Wallace said Peacock had not been facing a more serious charge because the other man decided he didn’t want to make a complaint.

She added that her client “fully accepts his behaviour was unpleasant for anyone who witnessed it”.Miss Wallace also said he had a “poor” criminal record but added that his health was deteriorating due to his condition, which may be terminal.

Peacock, 33, admitted threatening or abusive behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others. He was fined £55 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Two other charges of failing to answer bail and failing to attend an earlier court hearing were dropped after magistrates were told how Peacock’s disease affected his memory.

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