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Maryport man admits assault and knife crime

[A] MARYPORT man could receive a prison sentence after he admitted assaulting a woman and having a knife in a public place.

Antony Aiken, 37, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to assaulting Sheree Graham, causing her actual bodily harm, on September 17 last year.

Aiken also admitted the possession of a bladed article, at Ellenfoot Drive in Maryport, on the same date.

No details about his crimes were outlined during the short hearing in front of Judge Peter Davies.

However, defence barrister Greg Hoare conceded it was “plainly a worrying case”. Mr Hoare suggested a full pre-sentence report could be prepared to accompany background information already set out in a psychiatric report.

Judge Davies agreed, and adjourned the case until February 16 for more details to be compiled by the probation service.

Aiken, of Ellenfoot Drive, Maryport, is due to learn his fate on that date. He was granted conditional but warned by Judge Davies that all sentencing options, including custody, were open.

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