A MAN carried out a determined knife attack on a fellow resident in supported accommodation, a court heard.

Lee Wren, who was involved in previous clashes with the victim in a dispute over a woman, went to his room carrying a 6ins to 8ins serrated kitchen knife.

Once there, he lunged at the other man, landing three blows with the knife, catching him on the chin, causing a slight puncture wound to the right side of his chest, as well as a defence wound, a cut to the hand, as the victim tried to fend off the attack.

The injured man was treated with steri-strips for those wounds, but at hospital it emerged he had also broken a metacarpal hand bone.

Appearing at a plea hearing at Durham Crown Court, via video link from the nearby prison, Wren admitted wounding with intent.

Julian White, in mitigation, asked for preparation of a psychiatric report on the defendant, who has previously received mental health hospital orders for “significant” offending.

“He received his last hospital order in January 2016 and was released in January last year, which is why he was in supported accommodation, in Durham, when the attack took place, on November 30.”

Judge Christopher Prince adjourned the case until March 1 to allow preparation of the psychiatric report.

He remanded 41-year-old Wren, of Atherton Street, Durham, to remain in custody in the intervening period.