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“Samurai sword” man jailed after committing more crimes in Workington

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who punched his ex-partner four times after visiting a Workington street from which he was banned has been jailed.

Barry Simm, 39, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (MON) after he had admitted three crimes. He pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend, Kimberley Bennewith; causing criminal damage to the window and door of a house; and breaching a restraining order.

That order had been put in place last September, when Simm also received a 16-month jail term for harassment and having an offensive weapon. The judge who gave him that sentence heard he had brandished a samurai sword, threatening a woman that he would “chop her up”.

Simm was on licence following his release from prison when he committed his latest crimes in Workington’s Mossbay Road, on July 15. He had punched his ex repeatedly after they argued. He was banned from visiting that location – and several other streets – under the terms of the restraining order.

Judge Peter Davies jailed Simm, of Gossford Street, Liverpool, for a total of nine months. Court orders are important,” Judge Davies told him. “This is a deliberate breach of a restraining order.”

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