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Carlisle man found guilty of attack on ex-partner

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] CARLISLE man had been convicted of attacking his ex-partner – and told a prison sentence is “inevitable”.

Nathan Aaron Bell, 27, had been on trial at the city’s crown court and denied six charges.

Three alleged that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, Jodie Liddell, on three separate occasions. Bell also denied three separate breaches of a restraining order put in place to stop him contacting Miss Liddell.

After hearing evidence during a trial lasting more than a week, a jury today (MON), found Bell not guilty of two alleged common assaults, but convicted him, unanimously, of one assault causing actual bodily harm on September 1 last year.

Miss Liddell told the jury how she was punched and “strangled” by Bell, who also put his thumbs in her eyes. This left her needing hospital treatment.

Bell was also convicted of the three restraining order breaches – on August 12 and also on September 1 and 3.

Bell, of Lindisfarne Street, Carlisle, was remanded in custody by Judge James Adkin, and is due to be sentenced at the crown court next Monday.

“You will serve an inevitable custodial sentence for these offences,” Judge Adkin told him.

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