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Maryport man punished for breaching suspended jail term

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been punished for breaching a suspended jail term by becoming involved in a late-night brawl.

Lee Scott Birks, 28, was sentenced last October for attacking his ex-girlfriend in her home.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Birks threw punches at the woman, who sustained a broken bone in her hand while desperately trying to shield herself. She fled to her mum’s home where Birks vowed to damage property and made threats to the mother.

An eight-month prison term was suspended for a year for offences of actual bodily harm assault and threatening behaviour.

But, at Workington’s Washington Street early on May 4, Birks got involved in a fight started by another man who was left with a bloodied nose and cut head after being struck while on the floor.

Birks, of Moorside Drive, Maryport, admitted a public order charge and breaching the suspended sentence. The crown court heard today (FRI) he was making “really good” and “positive” progress with other elements of his previous punishment, and had been offered work.

Recorder Michael Murray said Birks had become involved in an “ugly, unpleasant incident” in May. He imposed a community order comprising 100 hours unpaid work, and extended the suspended sentence period to October, 2020.

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