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Sentencing of Wigton man who admits crimes against his dad is postponed

Carlisle Crown Court

THE crown court sentencing of a Wigton man who admits being violent to his dad, taking over his home and causing him to become homeless, has been postponed until the new year.

Ben Wiggins, 29, admits three offences which were committed against his father earlier this year.

One of these is controlling or coercive behaviour, which is said to have occurred during a nine-month period between late January and mid-October. This charge states that Wiggins used violence towards his father, Brian, and stole property from him.

It also states that he took over his father’s property, “caused him to be homeless for a period of time”, and to fear on at least two occasions that violence would be used against him.

Ben Wiggins has further admitted two charges of common assault on his father between July 25 and October 8.

Wiggins, latterly of Brindlefield, Wigton, was due to have been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for offending which he accepted during a previous hearing.

But Judge Julie Clemitson adjourned the case and asked for the preparation of a psychiatric report.

Addressing Wiggins junior, Judge Clemitson said: “I am concerned that a judge needs to know more about your state of health at the time of these offences were committed, and the risk you pose in the future if your health is not looked after.”

He is due to be sentenced on February 10 and, in the meantime, was remanded in custody by the judge.

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