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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Teenager locked up for attack

A WHITEHAVEN teenager who grabbed his female cousin by the throat has been sent to a Youth Offenders’ Institute for 160 days.

Damien Jackson Atkinson, 18, of Seven Acres, Parton, admitted causing actual bodily harm to Rebecca Clements while celebrating a family birthday.

He also admitted using threatening behaviour towards his uncle, Towyn Evans, and failing to surrender to custody.

Whitehaven magistrates heard how Atkinson had been out with members of his family when an argument had started.

Prosecutor Julie Younger said the defendant then punched Mr Evans which resulted in him receiving a black eye. He then went after Ms Clements, who hid in her bedroom, pushing against the door to keep it closed.

Atkinson then forced open the door, pushed her on to the bed, pinned her down and grabbed her by the throat. He then hit her in the right eye and carried on hitting her, Ms Younger said. The victim subsequently suffered swelling and cuts to her face.

Magistrates heard Atkinson had been very drunk and had “acted without thinking’’. He had difficulties in his personal life and had, since the attack last July, kept away from his victims.

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