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Violent robber sent to prison for nearly five years

James Daniel Walker was sentenced to nearly five years in jail Credit: ITV Border

A violent man who robbed a 16-year-old boy in Kendal has been sent to prison for nearly five years.

James Daniel Walker, 24, held a pair of scissors to his victim's neck and nose during a night time incident on the November 19th last year.

He also struck the teenager with a rock and tried to force a stone into his mouth, before ordering the teen to withdraw £20 from a cashpoint.

Walker, of Oxenholme Road in Kendal, was sentenced for that and a raft of other violent crimes at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of another teenager in Kendal on the September 27th.

He had also admitted a common assault, possession of two offensive weapons and illegal drugs, and also two counts of wounding which related to football violence.

On that occasion, the court heard, Walker used a hammer to strike and injure two Lancaster City supporters.

Walker received a total sentence of four years and eight months from Judge Peter Davies, saying Walker had been guilty of "repeated and continued acts of violence".


Drunken thugs given jail sentences for attack on amputee

Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

Two drunken thugs who launched a ferocious attack on a "vulnerable" amputee have been given jail sentences.

Alistair McCluskey, 48, was sent straight to prison for 20 months having laid into defenceless Nigel Alford with kicks to the head.

McCluskey's partner in crime Kirsty Adams, 37, also received a custodial punishment for her role in the savage assault.

However, her nine-month term was suspended for two years as she played a lesser part in the violence.

The incident occurred after the trio had spent several hours drinking together at Mr Alford's Carlisle home.

McCluskey, of no fixed abode, and Adams, of Harris Crescent, Carlisle, were sentenced at the city's crown court. They had admitted causing Mr Alford - an amputee with a prosthetic leg - grievous bodily harm in Carlisle on 12 August last year.

The court heard both attackers were "blood-spattered" when police later caught up with them.

Recorder Michael Murray said of the victim: "He was, without question, a vulnerable person."

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