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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Jail sentence for attack in Ulverston pub toilet

A MAN launched an “extremely violent” attack in a pub toilet – headbutting his victim, pressing a screwdriver against his neck and slamming his head against a wall.

A court heard that, at one point, Jamie Noren’s victim started to lose consciousness during his ordeal at The Sun in Ulverston.

Jailing him for 12 months at Preston Crown Court yesterday, Judge Andrew Woolman told him: “One of these days, if you don’t change, you could seriously injure somebody”

The sentence is to run after a 14-month term he is already serving.

Noren, 24, of Tyson Square, Ulverston, had pleaded guilty to offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.

The court heard the victim, Samuel Alty, went to the toilet at The Sun on June 8 around 1am and saw Noren, who was there with another man. He knew both from school.

The court heard the motive for the attack wasn’t clear. The defendant’s ex-partner was friends with Mr Alty on Facebook. After the couple split she updated her Facebook profile with a comment that Mr Alty and 30 others had “liked”.

Mr Joseph Allman, prosecuting, said Mr Alty could hear whispering while he was in a toilet cubicle. The door was kicked open and the defendant grabbed Mr Alty by the throat and pinned him to the wall so hard that his feet were lifted from the ground. Noren told him “This is for sticking up for my ex-girlfriend.”

Noren let go, but headbutted Mr Alty several times and slammed his head against the cubicle wall. The defendant took a screwdriver from his pocket and pressed it against his victim’s skin. Mr Alty suffered a broken nose, which needed surgery, and was he was left with lumps on the back of his head.

Mr Richard Bennett, defending, said Noren had a drink problem which had worsened since his father’s suicide.

Judge Woolman told Noren: “It was an extremely violent and deeply troubling incident, all out of next to nothing.”

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