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Man admits Lake District assault on woman

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN has admitted assaulting a woman at his Lake District home.

Benjamin Davis Bland, 35, was due to stand trial at Carlisle Crown Court this week having previously denied the alleged wounding of Louise Murphy on January 26.

But today (WED), Bland instead pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Murphy, causing her actual bodily harm. This arises out of an incident at his Helm Close home in Bowness-in-Windermere on that date.

During a previous court appearance, Bland had admitted damaging property – a coat – belonging to the same victim.

Barbara Webster, defending, said Bland had submitted a written basis for his guilty plea to the assault. However, the court heard that substantial elements were not accepted by the prosecution.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case. He will decide which version of events to accept following a hearing at the crown court later this week during which evidence will be called. Sentence will then be passed.

In the meantime, Judge Adkin remanded Bland in custody.

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