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Man admits Whitehaven attack which left victim with “life threatening” injuries

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has admitted a Whitehaven town centre attack on a man who had been left with “life threatening” injuries.

Paul Gunn, 34, had been due to go on trial today (MON) at Carlisle Crown Court.

But during a short hearing in front of Judge Peter Davies, Gunn admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Graeme Clark on August 14.

Cumbria police issued a public appeal for witnesses after the attack on Mr Clark. He was said to have suffered “extremely serious” and “life threatening” injuries after being “punched to the face and falling to the ground” in Whitehaven’s Lowther Street.

Police said he had been transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary from Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary. Now said to be out of hospital, Mr Clark was receiving treatment from a rehabilitation team, the court heard this afternoon.

An update on his medical condition will be considered by Judge Davies when he hands down Gunn’s punishment.

This is due to take place on February 25.

In the meantime Gunn, of Thornfield Close, Cleator Moor, was granted conditional bail but the judge told him all sentencing options – including custody – would be open on that date.

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