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Carlisle man jailed for attack on police dog handler

Kieron Murray and PC Irving’s injuries

A Carlisle man who assaulted a female police dog handler has been jailed for ten months.

Kieron Murray, aged 24, of Esk Road, Carlisle, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (7th September) for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The offence relates to an incident in the early hours of 27th December 2017.

A police officer approached Murray following concern for his welfare as he was laying on the ground in Mary Street. As the officer attempted to assist Murray he became aggressive and punched her twice in the face knocking her to the floor.

Mary Street, Carlisle

Murray fled the scene but was caught by officers responding a short distance away.

The assaulted officer suffered extensive bruising, permanent scarring and a potential fracture to her eye socket as result of Murray’s actions.

Inspector Kim Brennand said: “I am pleased that Murray has been imprisoned for the disgraceful assault he committed.

“The victim in this case, a dedicated police officer, had gone over to Murray to help him as she had genuine concern for his welfare. He responded by violently attacking her.

“She was serving her community, in uniform, trying to assist the public. It is not acceptable to go to work and return home with a serious injury – whatever your profession. She returned to work quickly and continued her commitment to her role as a Police Dog Handler and this is a credit to her.

“Murray’s actions were mindless and despite him pleading guilty he has shown no remorse whatsoever.

“Sadly incidents of assaults on police officers happen far too often. This case will hopefully send out a message that such incidents will not be tolerated and you will be brought to justice.”

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