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Carlisle kidnap bid man warned he faces “significant” jail term

[A] MAN who admits trying to kidnap a woman in Carlisle in a bid to sexually assault her will receive his punishment next month.

Alan Hughes 59, was warned today (TUES) he faces a “significant” jail term for his criminal conduct in the city on February 3.

During a previous hearing at Carlisle Crown Court, Hughes admitted attempting to kidnap a 27-year-old woman during an incident in the Harraby Green Road area at around 8pm. He also pleaded guilty to a second charge which states that he carried out that crime “with intent to commit a relevant sexual offence”.

During Hughes’s brief appearance in the dock today, the court heard it had not yet been possible to prepare a full pre-sentence report on him. This had been due to him “disputing the full facts” of his offending as laid out by the prosecution.

However, Judge Peter Davies observed that Hughes now fully accepted the case against him, and directed that a report should be prepared. This will address his potential risk to the public once he is released from prison.

Hughes, of Tollcross Road, Glasgow, will be sentenced at the crown court on April 28, and must remain behind bars until then. And Judge Davies told him: “You must expect a significant custodial sentence.”

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