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Teenager denies assisting in Bishop Auckland man's suicide bid
A TEENAGER has denied assisting in the attempted suicide of a man discovered engulfed in flames in his front garden.
Stephen Walker was found well alight outside his home in Walker Drive, on Bishop Auckland’s Woodhouse Close Estate, by a passing police patrol officer, on Sunday May 26.
He was taken for treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was initially in a critical condition, suffering “significant burns”.
Thirty-year-old Mr Walker remains in hospital three months after the incident, having undergone a number of operations, with further surgery said to be required.
Kevin James Howe, 19, who was arrested for allegedly assisting Mr Walker set fire to himself, appeared at a short plea hearing at Durham Crown Court today (Tuesday August 27).
Mr Howe is said to have provided Mr Walker with a can of petrol and a lighter.
He denied a charge of encouraging or assisting the attempted suicide of another person.
The case was adjourned for an estimated week-long trial at the court, next month.
Mr Howe, of Cheesmond Avenue, Bishop Auckland, was bailed to an undisclosed address out of the area, pending the start of the trial, on Monday September 9.
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