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Kendal man accused of assaults, affray and “weapon” possession to stand trial

Carlisle Crown Court

A KENDAL man accused of attacking two men in the town, behaving violently and having an offensive weapon, has appeared in court.

Richard Paul Wilkinson, 33, faces four charges, all of which arise out of incidents which are said to have occurred on March 30 this year.

Wilkinson is accused of assaulting two men – Luke Canning and Jordan Jenkinson – causing them actual bodily harm. Wilkinson also stands accused of affray, and possessing an offensive weapon – a dumb bell – “without lawful authority or reasonable excuse” in Highgate, Kendal.

Wilkinson, of the town’s Romney Gardens appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON).

During a short hearing in front of Judge Nicholas Barker, he pleaded not guilty to all four charges when they were read to him by a court clerk.

A timetable for the progression of the case was outlined by prosecutor Charles Brown.

Wilkinson, who was represented by barrister Kevin Donnelly, is due to go on trial in front of a jury at the crown court in the week of February 3. It is estimated that the hearing will last around three days.

In the meantime, Wilkinson was granted bail and reminded of the need to co-operate with the preparation of a statement by his legal team which sets out his defence to the allegation and issues he takes with he prosecution case.

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