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Man admits arson and robbery crimes committed on same day in Carlisle

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE man has admitted committing offences of robbery and arson during two separate incidents which occurred on the same day.

When he appeared at the city’s crown court this morning (TUES), Anthony William Moorhead, 28, pleaded guilty to robbing a man of a games console and mobile phone on June 5 this year. This offence took place inside the victim’s own home at Stonegarth in the Morton area of Carlisle.

It also involved another man, 28-year-old Ianlea Wilkinson, of Lowther Street, Carlisle, who had admitted a robbery charge during a previous court hearing.

Homeless Moorhead also pleaded guilty in court today to a charge of reckless arson. His admission was said by a prosecutor to be on the basis that he lifted open a letter box flap through which a firework was thrown by an unidentified male.

Damage was caused inside the Ashness Drive home as a result of a crime which the judge, Recorder Ciaran Rankin, said “seems to me to be a very straightforward case of criminal damage by fire”.

Recorder Rankin adjourned the case and is due to sentence both men at the crown court next week. In the meantime Moorhead and Wilkinson were remanded in custody.

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