A MAN has appeared at crown court accused of a street stabbing.

Craig Ward is alleged to have carried out the knife attack, which left a man with multiple stab wounds, in Stanley, on Sunday July 11.

Police attended the incident in Holly Hill Gardens, Stanley, at about 4.40am.

A 30-year-old man was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was treated for his injuries before being discharged.

The 32-year-old defendant was arrested in Tanfield Lea, near Stanley, on Wednesday July 14, and charged with wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

Appearing at Durham Crown Court, via video link from the city’s nearby prison, yesterday, his counsel, Tony Davis, asked that the charges should not be put to his client.

“Nobody has been able to see him yet and I’ve only been able to have a brief conference with him this morning.

“He’s not seen mobile phone and cctv footage, and no medical evidence has yet been submitted in this case.”

Judge James Adkin agreed to adjourn the plea hearing and put it back for three weeks to enable the defence to have a full conference and view available evidence.

The defendant, of Memorial Homes, Tanfield Lea, was remanded to remain in custody until the rearranged plea hearing, on Friday September 3.

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