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Man told to expect jail term for Workington face slash attack

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been told he should expect a jail term for slashing the face of another man with a blade in Workington.

Kieren Alan Winder, 26, was due to face trial at Carlisle Crown Court having denied an allegation of wounding Marc McIvor with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in the early hours of March 22.

But during a hearing before Recorder Tom Gilbart, Winder instead admitted the lesser charge of unlawful and malicious wounding.

In a written basis for his guilty plea read to the court, Winder spoke of arranging a meeting with another person in Workington’s Moorclose area “to collect some pills”.

Concerned for his safety, he said, “I took a Stanley blade with me for protection”.

After the arranged meeting concluded and the other person began to leave, Winder became involved in a brief conversation with Mr McIvor. This resulted in an “altercation”, Winder accepting being responsible for an injury to the victim’s face.

It is said this was a single slash wound which, a prosecutor said, left Mr McIvor scarred.

Recorder Gilbart adjourned the case and asked for the preparation of a probation service report. This will consider the issue of “dangerousness”, and whether Winder, of Hunday Court, Workington, should be given an extended punishment. He was remanded in custody until July 19.

“It is a serious matter and you should expect to receive a custodial sentence,” Recorder Gilbart told him.

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