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West Cumbria man assaulted ex after going into “jealous rage”

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who assaulted his ex-girlfriend, injuring her with a knife, has been given a suspended jail term.

Paul William Turnbull, 39, went to the West Cumbria home of Amanda Strickland last October – eight months after their six-year relationship ended.

He was “already quite inebriated”, Carlisle Crown Court heard, and, “turned aggressive” when she refused to let him see her phone.

When she also refused to give him the phone password, Turnbull “choked” her three times in a minute, leaving her dizzy and thinking she might pass out.

When he dragged her to the kitchen and took a knife intending to self-harm, she suffered a “nasty” laceration to the tip of a finger while trying to stop him.

Turnbull, of Red Lonning, Whitehaven, admitted assaulting Miss Strickland, causing actual bodily harm.

Judge Paul Lawton considered background information, including a psychiatric report and statements from witnesses in the case.

Concluding that Turnbull had gone “into a jealous rage”, Judge Lawton suspended a 16-month jail term for two years. Turnbull must complete a “building better relationships” course and rehabilitation requirement.

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