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Whitehaven man admits violence, knife and damage crimes

Carlisle Crown Court

A WHITEHAVEN man will be sentenced next month for a raft of crimes, including the possession of a 10-inch kitchen knife in a public place.

Ryan Bennett, 32, admitted a total of seven offences when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (MON) over a video link.

These included affray by using or threatening unlawful violence towards other people; having an article with a blade or point – at Woodhouse Road in Whitehaven; and using racially-aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress towards one particular male.

In addition, Bennett admitted damaging a Citroen vehicle belonging to that same man; damaging two windows and a Honda CRV belonging to a second man; and behaving violently at Workington police station by “struggling and resisting officers”.

All of the offences are said to have taken place on October 18.

Judge Andrew Jefferies QC adjourned the case for the preparation of a psychiatric report. “There is a significant and, some might say, demonstrable psychiatric background,” Bennett’s barrister, Brendan Burke, told Judge Jefferies.

Bennett, of Brakeside Gardens, Whitehaven, was told he is due to be sentenced at the crown court on December 21.

In the meantime, he was remanded in custody by the judge.

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