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Workington man convicted of attacking rugby league player

[A] MAN has been convicted of attacking a Workington Town rugby league player in the street.

Conor Paul Irving, 22, had denied a charge of assaulting Callum Phillips, causing him actual bodily harm. This followed an incident in the centre of Workington during the early hours of March 20.

Irving went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court this week, and was today (THURS) unanimously found guilty of the crime.

Jurors had heard evidence from Mr Phillips, who has also played for Scotland. He recalled being outside a town centre takeaway but next remembered waking up in hospital receiving stitches to head and mouth wounds.

CCTV footage which showed Irving knocking Mr Phillips unconscious with a single blow was played in court. Irving, of Brierydale, Salterbeck, Workington, claimed in his evidence that he struck out in fear that he was about to be hit.

He is due to be sentenced at the crown court by Judge Peter Hughes QC later today.

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