A SON has been charged with assisting in the attempted suicide of his widowed mother.

Craig Black, 45, is alleged to have given a mixture of drink and drugs to his mother June, 68, last Sunday.

Black had been her full-time carer since April last year and was arrested after paramedics called police at 2am.

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Mrs Black, a mother-of-four, was treated at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, Teesside, and released hours later in the afternoon.

She was allowed back to her home, where she remained in the care of social services. A 999 call was made for an ambulance in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Black, of Ringwood Road, Middlesbrough, appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday over a video link from Holme House Prison, Stockton.

He was charged with assisting in the attempted suicide of June Black on February 19 by supplying a cup containing a cocktail of alcohol and tablets.

Balding and bespectacled in a grey sweatshirt, Mr Black listened intently to the proceedings which lasted seven minutes. His lawyer John Nixon successfully applied for bail for him.

Judge Tony Briggs granted him bail with conditions that he lives with his brother and family in Stockton and does not contact his mother or attempt to communicate with her in any way.

Mr Black said over the videolink: "Thank you sir".

His brother, a father-of-two, who was in court, said that he would go to the prison immediately to collect him.

The judge said that the Crown had seven days to apply if they had any objection to the granting of bail.

Prosecutor Sharon Elves said that the Crown asked for five weeks to proceed with the case as soon as possible, with a plea and case management hearing on April 26.

The judge ordered the defence statement and witness requirements by April 23.