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Kendal man loses crown court appeal against sentence

Carlisle Crown Court

A KENDAL man has lost his appeal against the sentence he was given for using threatening behaviour towards a lawyer who had just represented him in court.

Edward Kinsella, 59, was sentenced in June by South Cumbria magistrates for a public order offence. But after that court hearing Kinsella committed two more crimes.

During an incident in a car park, he was threatening towards the solicitor who had just represented him in the other case, “flailing his arms around and ranting”. This prompted a probation officer who was with the solicitor to believe there was a threat to physical safety. A CPS lawyer and a magistrate were also in the area which Kinsella then left before yelling and tensing his body in front of a court security guard, who thought he was about to be attacked.

Kinsella, of Capper Close, Kendal, was convicted of threatening behaviour and common assault after a trial, and handed a three-month night-time curfew.

He lodged an appeal against that punishment on “medical grounds”, claiming that his bad behaviour had somehow been influenced by cancer treatment.

This appeal was heard at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (WED), but dismissed by Judge Andrew Jefferies QC and a magistrate after hearing all submissions.

“We are of the view that those that work in a court setting do require protection, and should be entitled to go about their day-to-day work without any form of molestation, harassment or haranguing,” concluded Judge Jefferies. “They are doing their job.”

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