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Man jailed for pushing woman down Penrith pub staircase

The Dog Beck
The Dog Beck

[A] MAN who pushed a woman down a steep pub staircase has been jailed for a year.

Jessica Walton “missed every step” and suffered a broken collarbone as she hit the ground after being forcibly shoved inside Penrith’s Dog Beck while her back was turned.

The man responsible, 28-year-old Nicolas Banks, then fled the scene without checking on Miss Walton’s welfare.

Banks appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for sentence yesterday (FRI) having admitted a charge of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm.

The January incident – captured on pub CCTV and witnessed by Miss Walton’s mother – was said to have had a “devastating” impact on the victim.

A remorseful Banks was said to have twice walked away from confrontations which preceded what his own lawyer conceded was a “moment of madness”. When police had suggested he could have killed Miss Walton, Banks, of Shap, replied: “I know.”

He was handed an immediate prison term by Judge Tony Lancaster, who concluded he had committed a “cowardly” crime.

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