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Workington man admits “controlling and coercive” conduct towards ex

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] WORKINGTON man was warned he could receive a prison sentence for committing a criminal offence against his ex-partner.

David Ashley Norsworthy, 34, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON). Norsworthy was due to stand trial having denied controlling or coercive behaviour towards Theresa Barson.

But after his barrister asked for the charge to be put again by the court clerk, he admitted an offence which was committed between April 15 and May 28.

The charge states that he engaged in behaviour which caused Ms Barson “serious alarm or distress which had a substantial adverse effect” on her usual day-to-day activities. Norsworthy was said to have put forward a basis for his guilty plea.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case, asking the probation service to prepare a report on the defendant.

Norsworthy, of Thwaite Bank, Northside, Workington, was granted bail until January 4, when he will receive his punishment.

However, Judge Adkin warned him: “All sentencing options will be open – including the potential for a custodial sentence.”

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