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Man suffered “nasty” leg injury during Kendal grapple, court told

Carlisle Crown Court

A KENDAL man who caused grievous bodily harm to another male during a violent tussle in the town has heard he could receive a prison term.

Gareth Mark Jackson, 32, faced one charge when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (WED). During a short hearing, Jackson admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Thomas Broomby during trouble which flared on October 23 last year.

The court heard of a “strange incident” in which there had been “grappling between the two men” before Broomby ended up in such a position that he suffered a “nasty injury to his ankle area”.

Recorder Nicholas Clarke QC agreed to a request by Jackson’s barrister that a background report should be prepared by the probation service before punishment was passed, to offer alternatives to an immediate jail term.

Recorder Clarke agreed but observed: “There were serious injuries caused in this case.”

Jackson, of Kent Street, Kendal, was granted bail on condition of residence and that he attends probation service appointments as directed.

“I will not be the sentencing judge,” Recorder Clarke said as he adjourned the case to October 16. “It must be clear to the defendant that all options are available, and that must include the possibility of a custodial sentence.”

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