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Men who carried out “disgraceful” Carlisle attack are spared prison

English Damside, Carlisle

TWO men who attacked a man in front of his wife in central Carlisle, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground, have been spared immediate prison.

A judge at the city’s crown court heard a previous disagreement between one of the attackers, Liam James Hayhow, and victim Oliver Thorne had been “bubbling away under the surface” before violence flared at English Damside on July 5 last year.

While walking with his wife, Nea, at around 9-30pm, Mr Thorne was struck to the head by Hayhow, 21, and punched with “significant force” by a second man, 22-year-old Liam Joseph Marley Graham.

Grounded and unable to fight back, Mr Thorne was then kicked by both Hayhow and Graham, the latter also grabbing Mrs Thorne to the neck and pushing her backwards.

Mr Thorne’s injuries included a fractured cheekbone and two head wounds which needed stapling. In a victim impact statement, his wife described the attackers as “cowards and horrible human beings”. “They attacked a woman and an unarmed man, and their behaviour was disgusting,” she stated.

Both men admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Mr Thorne, while Graham admitted assaulting Mrs Thorne by beating.

The pair were sentenced today (THURS), when Judge Peter Davies heard mitigation for the men, both of whom work for scaffolding companies. For Hayhow, of Lingmoor Way, Carlisle, the offence was said to be “out of character”, while Graham, of Trafalgar Street, Carlisle, had been experiencing a “dip in his life” at the time.

Judge Davies suspended 15-month jail terms for two years, ordering each to complete 180 hours’ unpaid work and pay £750 compensation. “This was a disgraceful assault,” said the judge, who added of the victims: “It must have been an extremely traumatic experience for them.”

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