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Man sentenced for drunken Kendal attack

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been given a suspended prison sentence for a drunken attack on another man inside his Kendal home.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Shane Routledge, 48, lashed out at David Wallace at an address on Rydal Road on August 6 after the two men had been drinking heavily.

Routledge accepted throwing Mr Wallace into a wall. This caused him to bang his head on a radiator and fall to the floor, and Routledge then punched him twice.

Mr Wallace spent two days in hospital following the attack, needed an injury glued and underwent a brain scan.

Routledge admitted a charge of actual bodily harm assault and was said by a probation officer to have “expressed remorse” for what he had done.

After hearing that professional help was available in the community to help him in his bid to curb excessive drinking – and that this would be both “constructive and realistic” – Judge Peter Davies suspended a six-month jail term for two years. He also imposed six months’ alcohol treatment and rehabilitation.

But Judge Davies told Routledge: “There’s no point in me giving you a sentence of alcohol treatment, and the probation service and (alcohol recovery service) Unity trying to help you, if you don’t want to help yourself.”

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