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Man who turned violent in Workington shop given hospital order

[A] MAN who turned violent in a Workington shop while carrying a hammer has been made the subject of an indefinite hospital order.

Andrew Diamond, 34, entered the Premier convenience store on the town’s Mossbay Road with the tool hidden under his jacket.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that once inside the shop, at 6-30am on October 31, Diamond flew into a rage. Becoming aggressive, he raised his fists and then produced a claw hammer as the shopkeeper vaulted over his counter in an attempt to flee.

Diamond calmly left the shop but was arrested a short time later and charged.

At the crown court today (TUES) a jury heard experts had concluded that Diamond was unfit both to plead and stand trial on allegations of affray and having an offensive weapon.

After hearing evidence and submissions, jurors unanimously concluded he had done both acts as alleged.

As a result, Judge Tony Lancaster imposed an indefinite hospital order on Diamond, previously of Saint Mary’s Court, Workington. That was agreed to be the most appropriate disposal of the case.

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