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Man who denies his whippets “caused injury while out of control” to stand trial

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has denied an allegation that his whippets injured a woman while “dangerously out of control” in a South Cumbrian village.

Graham David Livesey, 54, pleaded not guilty to one charge during a short hearing at Carlisle Crown Court.

The charge alleges that he was the owner of three whippets which were “dangerously out of control in a public place, namely Staveley playing fields, and whilst so out of control” injured the woman, who is aged in her forties.

It is said to arise out of an incident on May 27 this year.

In response to Livesey’s not guilty plea, a timetable for the progression of the case was outlined by prosecutor Charles Brown.

Livesey, aged 54, of Main Street, Staveley, is now due to go on trial in front of a jury in the week of March 9 next year. It is estimated that the hearing will last in he region of two days.

Until then, Livesey – who was represented in court by barrister Tim Evans – was granted unconditional bail by Judge Nicholas Barker.

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