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Carlisle man sentenced for unprovoked attack on man, 74

Carlisle Magistrates Court
Carlisle Magistrates Court

[A] Carlisle man has returned to court to be sentenced after being found-guilty last month of assault by beating.

Magistrates in Carlisle were told how on June 6 around 7.30pm, the 74-year-old vulnerable victim was punched to the face twice during an unprovoked assault on Botchergate.

The court was told Paul Nigel Dickinson, 47, of Ravenstone Way, Morton, Carlisle, was also on Botchergate, he told the court that a man was very abusive towards him and he “draws the line at abuse like that”.

He saw the man and then punched him twice to the face.

Dickinson was told in court during the trial that the vulnerable victim did not shout any abuse towards him, it must have been someone else.

Dickinson apologised to the victim and said: “I didn’t know his age, but, I am fed-up with getting verbally abused from people and I draw the line at this.”

Dianne Jackson, prosecuting said the victim had a black eye and cuts to his face, as he fell to the ground during the assault and his spectacles fell off, but did not need medical treatment.

Dickinson was placed on a Community Order for one-year, an electronically tagged house curfew for 20-weeks between 7pm and 7am, he has to attend a 36-day rehabilitation activities programme, a mental health programme for six-months, he has to pay prosecution costs of £400 and pay compensation to the victim of £100.

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