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Carlisle dad given suspended prison sentence for intimidation

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE dad has been given a suspended jail term for intimidating a man who gave a statement during a police investigation.

Details of Steven John Garner’s illegal outburst emerged at the city’s crown court. He admitted an intimidation charge arising out of a “chance encounter” with Simon Hogg.

This occurred on January 27 as Mr Hogg walked along Stanhope Road in Carlisle. Mr Hogg, the court heard, had given a statement during an investigation involving Garner’s son.

Garner, a 55-year-old long-distance lorry driver, called out to Mr Hogg: “If you don’t drop the charges on my son, I’m going to cut your head off.”

A short time later, Garner also said: “I’m coming for you, boy.” That latter comment was captured after Mr Hogg activated the recording function of his mobile phone.

A probation officer who spoke with Garner told his court sentencing hearing the defendant was “ashamed of himself”, and had “gone too far”. He had no intention of carrying out any threats.

After hearing submissions, Judge James Adkin suspended a nine-month jail term for a year. Garner, of Stanhope Road, Carlisle, was ordered to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work.

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