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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Barrow man faces jail for assaulting his stepson, 19

A Barrow family feud could see a stepdad sent to jail.

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ANDREW ROBINSON

Andrew Richard Robinson, of Highfield Road, Barrow, pleaded guilty to assaulting his 19-year-old stepson when he appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The court heard Robinson, 48, had been drinking with his wife and stepson, Sam Charnley, in Barrow on January 29.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court the group had been drinking in the Cross Keys.

Mrs Hine said: “He was picking at him and going on at him.

“They then left the pub and about 1.45pm the next day they went to get something to eat and got a taxi straight home.

“They were back in the house for about 10 minutes and he (Robinson) came flying in through the back door and lunged at the victim, repeatedly punching him in the face.

“Mrs Robinson gets up to try to pull the defendant off him and sits on top of her son to protect him.

“She calls for someone to call the police and said she really thought the defendant was going to kill him.”

Mr Charnley was left with his face covered in blood and believed he had a broken nose caused by the attack.

During police interview Robinson said while there had been problems with his wife, her son had not been involved.

Mrs Hine said Mr Charnley believed Robinson was flirting with another woman and after an argument he punched his stepdad to the face, cutting his forehead.

Robinson said his stepson had laughed at the injury the following day prompting him to launch his furious attack.

Deputy district judge, Ms Kathryn Meek, adjourned the case before defence for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

She said: “If nothing else it will not be me dealing with it, I would like it investigating whether the building better relationships course and alcohol management would be appropriate.

“It does not rule out a custodial sentence.”

The case was adjourned until March 27 for sentence.

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