IT has been a busy week at crown court.

Here is a round up of just some of the cases heard in Cumbria over the course of the week. 


A bungling burglar also caught drink-driving has lost his appeal against the jail term for his drunken crimes.

Shane McDonagh, 22, was one of several intruders who burgled a construction site on which a hotel was being transformed into residential accommodation.

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A teenager responsible for two robberies in just a few hours told one victim: “I’ll stab your girlfriend, I’ll stab your dad, I’ll stab your mother.”

The man’s terrifying ordeal - which involved the teenager prodding him with a knife and repeatedly punching him - was outlined as a judge sentenced the 17-year-old and his accomplice for one of the robberies, 38-year-old Leona Curran.

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A bungling criminal who suddenly realised he knew his victim during a knife-point robbery at a Carlisle store pulled down his face-mask to say hello – before threatening to kill the woman.

The blunder came a few seconds after 24-year-old Jamie Wade had tried to punch his accomplice Andrew Morris.

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A violent Whitehaven boyfriend with a long history of offending has been banned from contacting the partner he repeatedly attacked for the next ten years.

Paul Walmsley, 38, was this week on trial at Carlisle Crown Court, where he faced an allegation of subjecting his victim to controlling and coercive behaviour and attacking her three times by choking her and causing her serious bodily harm.

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A motorist who was caught driving while serving a ban for dangerous driving has been jailed for just over eight months.

Ashli Taylor - who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse - was caught after a police officer who knew him spotted him at the wheel of his transit van in the Oldside area of Workington on June 9.

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