Cumbria Crack

Kendal attack victim told police “I literally can’t remember anything”

The incident scene at Waterside, Kendal

A MAN left seriously injured following a “vicious” night-time attack in Kendal told police he could remember “nothing” about the incident, a jury has heard.

Two men have gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. Luke Peter Canning, aged 22, of Bridge Street, Burneside, and 26-year-old Jordan Lee Jenkinson, of Lound Road in Kendal, each deny a charge which alleges they attempted to murder 33-year-old Richard Wilkinson at Waterside in Kendal at around 1-30am on March 30 this year.

Jurors have been told Mr Wilkinson was initially involved in a row with Canning and Jenkinson – both of whom he knew – outside the town’s Smokies bar, which he left before returning with a metal dumb bell bar.

CCTV captured Mr Wilkinson head-butting Canning. Jenkinson stated to police after his arrest that Mr Wilkinson had struck he and Canning with the metal bar, before an incident occurred at Waterside.

Several eyewitness reported seeing a man being hit with a metal bar, one describing the attack as “vicious”.

As a result, Mr Wilkinson suffered facial fractures, lost teeth and underwent surgery before being discharged from hospital on April 8.

When interviewed by police on May 19, Mr Wilkinson recalled being in Kendal hours earlier with a friend. “And then that’s it,” he said. “That’s all I can remember. I remember waking up in hospital couple of days later, or four days, five days later.”

He added: “I can’t decide whether I’ve been…whether I’ve had this coming, whether I’ve started something. I just don’t know. I don’t have a clue. Nothing. I literally can’t remember anything.”

Jurors have heard Canning admits causing Mr Wilkinson grievous bodily harm with intent – a charge Jenkinson denies.

The trial continues.

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