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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Cumbrian man punched car driver who ran over his dog

A Workington dog owner punched a driver after he ran over his Staffordshire bull terrier.

Andrew Christopher McMullen, 26, of Stanley Street, admitted one charge of assault by beating when he appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates Court.

He punched Philip Rear through the window of his car after he accidentally raan over his dog on the viaduct near the town’s train station on May 17, injuring the animal’s paw.

Jane MacKrill, prosecuting, said McMullen hit the windscreen and then walked around the car and said ‘You have run over my dog’.

He punched Mr Rear in the mouth after he wound the window down.

Louise Harper, defending, said McMullen had asked the driver to stop while he got his dog from under the car but that he had carried on reversing.

She said her put his actions down to his “emotional state” at the time.

Judge Gerald Chalk said that McMullen – who was released from prison 12 months ago – had a poor record for violence.

He was ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order. He was also told to pay £150 in compensation and costs of £58.

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