Cumbria Crack

Man assaulted victim with metal bar and swung pick axe near Workington

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been sentenced for a metal bar assault, and swinging a pick-axe towards his victim, after turning violent near Workington.

Carl Anson, 61, committed two offences after a dispute with his partner led her to visit the home address of a couple in Great Clifton on the afternoon of November 11.

After driving past in a van, Anson left and then returned in a tipped truck.

He shouted threats towards householder Gavin Huddart, who had grandchildren inside the property. Anson took hold of a metal bar which he threw at Mr Huddart, striking him on the leg.

He the took hold of a pick-axe which he swung in the direction of his victim during conduct which Carlisle Crown Court heard was “aggressive and violent”.

Anson admitted assaulting Mr Huddart, causing actual bodily harm, and offensive weapon possession.

Although Anson had previous convictions – including drug trafficking and previous possession of an offensive weapon – Judge Peter Davies considered mitigation, and the fact the defendant cared for his partner.

Judge Davies suspended a 12-month prison sentence for two years, and also imposed 120 hours’ unpaid work. A restraining order bans Anson, of  Moorland Crescent, Gildersome, near Leeds, from approaching or contacting Mr Huddart and his wife.

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