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Carlisle man accused of breaching court order “at risk of prison”

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN spared prison for a “disgraceful” assault on a man in Carlisle could now be locked up for an alleged failure to comply with the terms of his crown court punishment.

Liam Joseph Marley Graham, 23, was one of two men sentenced in March for attacking a man in front of his wife – and kicking him as he lay on the ground.

As a result of the violence, at English Damside last July, the victim suffered injuries which included a fractured cheekbone and two head wounds.

Graham, of Trafalgar Street, Carlisle, admitted grievous bodily harm and had a 15-month jail term suspended for two years for what a judge called a “disgraceful assault”. He was ordered to complete 180 hours’ unpaid work.

But Graham was back at the crown court today (FRI), when a different judge heard of an alleged breach of that suspended sentence. Graham was said to have “gone off the radar” of the probation service since mid-June, and failed to attend several unpaid work appointments.

Recorder Peter Atherton heard scaffolder Graham, of Trafalgar Street, Carlisle, still had 127 unpaid work hours to complete. But, noting that he did not have a barrister, Recorder Atherton adjourned the hearing for one week to enable the defendant to be legally represented before formally responding to the alleged breach.

“You have repeatedly failed to comply with the conditions of the order although you have been warned,” he told Graham. “You must understand you are now at serious risk of going to prison.”

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