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Carlisle man told to “prepare for prison” after admitting punch attack on stranger

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE man has been told to “prepare for prison” after he admitted a one-punch attack which left his victim with a fractured skull.

Matthew Sanderson, 31, faced one charge when he appeared at the city’s crown court earlier today (FRI).

Sanderson admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Harry Slater on December 10 last year. The charge arises out of a night-time incident which occurred inside the Walkabout bar, off Botchergate in the city centre.

The court heard Sanderson accepted being “extremely drunk” at the time, and “thought he was being stared at” by stranger he punched, who was left with a fracture to the base of his skull.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case for the prosecution to seek a statement from the victim about the impact of the attack and medical prognosis.

Sanderson, of Speckled Wood Drive, Carlisle, was granted bail and is due to be sentenced at the crown court next Friday.

But Judge Adkin told him: “You are going to have to prepare yourself for prison, you know that.”

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