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Man shot in upper body by air rifle in Cleator Moor

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN has admitted two crimes after another man was shot in the upper body by an air rifle in Cleator Moor.

Kai Nolan, 30, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court over a video link from custody this morning (WED).

Nolan pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a firearm – an S410 air rifle – with intent to cause James Todd fear of violence. During a previous magistrates’ court hearing, Nolan had also admitted assaulting Mr Todd by beating.

Both offences are said to arise out of an incident at Montreal Close, Cleator Moor, during the early hours of January 2.

Mr Todd, who was outside, is said to have been shot twice by Nolan, who was inside a property. Mr Todd, the court heard, was left with “two pellet marks” to his upper body.

A further hearing will be held at the crown court to resolve evidential differences between the prosecution and defence surrounding the build-up to the incident.

This is due to take place on February 22. Nolan, of Montreal Close, Cleator Moor, will be sentenced at the conclusion of that hearing.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody by Judge James Adkin.

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