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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Cumbria thug admitted attacking girlfriend

A Cumbria thug who fell asleep at a friend’s house assaulted his girlfriend when she tried to wake him up.

Jamie King, 23, of Damson Orchard, in Witherslack, pleaded guilty to the charge of assault by beating Chloe Balderson when he appeared at Kendal Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He also admitted taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.

The court heard that all three offences were committed during the evening of March 16.

Prosecuting solicitor, Mrs Lisa Hine, told the hearing the incident had unfolded when Miss Balderson had awoken King during a visit to the house of a mutual friend in Grange.

She went on to explain King, who had drunk four pints of Guinness while watching a rugby match earlier in the day, then become verbally abusive before grabbing Miss Balderson and pulling her hair as she attempted to drive them both home.

When Miss Balderson got out of the vehicle, Mrs Hine told the magistrates, King bundled her back in and drove off.

Mrs Hine said: “The reason the police arrived so quickly was because the friend and friend’s mother were concerned.

“He admits he had been drunk and abusive. He admits he caused her injury.”

Magistrate Mary Blanchard, chairman of the bench, sentenced the defendant to an 18-month high level community order with supervision requirement for the assault.

He was also ordered to undertake 200 hours in unpaid work.

For taking the vehicle without consent, he was given a community order with supervision to run concurrently, and was told to pay £85 in court costs as well as a victim surcharge of £60.

In addition, King's driving licence will be endorsed with seven points.

Mrs Blanchard told the defendant: “Had you not pleaded guilty you would have been looking at a custodial sentence.”

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