A MAN involved in a Boxing Day disturbance in which he inflicted an injury with a knife was today (Tuesday April 8) told to expect a prison sentence.

The warning was given to Marc William Blades after he admitted a charge of unlawful and malicious wounding.

He denied the more serious charge of wounding with intent, but prosecution barrister Richard Bennett said his pleas were considered “acceptable” by the Crown.

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It stems from an incident in Shotton Colliery, County Durham, on December 26 in which the victim suffered a leg injury.

Adjourning for the preparation of probation and psychiatric reports on the defendant, Judge Christopher Prince told him: “You will be sentenced here in two months time and you should expect to receive a custodial sentence.”

He bailed 38-year-old Blades, of Potto Street, Shotton Colliery, to return for sentence on Friday June 6.