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Teenager convicted of brutal Carlisle robbery which “verged on torture”

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] TEENAGER has been convicted of robbing a man who was brutally attacked inside his Carlisle flat.

Victim Paul Savage suffered a fractured jaw, was left bloodied and was later placed in an induced coma in hospital after being subjected to violence which a judge said was “verging on torture”.

Carlisle Crown Court heard one of the attackers was 19-year-old Braden Moreton. A jury was told the teen lashed out at Mr Savage with a wrench, a hammer and even a crutch which was used by the householder due to mobility problems.

Mr Savage told police from his hospital how drug dealers had “smashed me about” in the Harraby flat, demanding payment of a debt which he maintained was not his.

Moreton’s fingerprints were found on the crutch. He denied robbery and claimed not to have been involved, but was found unanimously guilty by a jury today (FRI) after a week-long trial.

Moreton, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at the crown court on January 19 along with Kelly Scott, 37, of Alexander Street, Carlisle, who has admitted a charge of robbery.

Judge James Adkin remanded Moreton – who has two previous robbery convictions – in custody. “I want a pre-sentence report assessing the risk you present to the public bearing in mind the extreme violence, verging on torture, administered to Mr Savage,” said the judge.

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