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Carlisle man who breached suspended jail term given “last chance”

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE man who breached a suspended prison term imposed for pub disorder has been given one “last chance”.

Conor Paterson, 26, found himself in hot water after trouble flared at Penrith’s Last Orders in August, 2017.

Carlisle Crown Court heard later that year how Paterson was high on alcohol and Valium when he had lashed out at a fellow customer. He used pool balls and a sock to create a makeshift weapon, but was swiftly disarmed by a brave barman.

After Paterson admitted affray, a nine-month jail term was suspended for two years but a judge branded his criminal conduct “quite disgraceful”. Paterson, of Dixon Court, was also ordered to complete rehabilitation days, 120 hours’ unpaid work and a “thinking skills” course.

However, he was back at crown court today (FRI) having breached that order by failing to report to his responsible officer. Paterson also had 75 community service hours still to do.

But Paul Tweddle, defending, said there were “numerous positives” for Paterson. And as a result, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC opted not to activate the prison term.

He added five rehabilitation days as punishment for the breach and gave him extra time to complete his unpaid work. “Last chance today,” Judge Jefferies told him.

“I have written down (on the court file) ‘last chance, prison if back’.”

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