Two men in court after stabbing

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TWO men have appeared in court in connection with an incident in which a 27-year-old man suffered stab wounds.

Hartlepool man Anthony Turner will stand trial charged with wounding with intent to cause Michael Stephenson grievous bodily harm on October 29 last year.

Turner entered a not guilty plea to the charge when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

The 41-year-old, of the town’s Ridlington Way, also denies an affray in Skelton Street on the same day.

Vincent Johnson, 43, of Marshall Close, also in Hartlepool, admitted a lesser charge of using or threatening unlawful violence.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said this plea was acceptable on a certain basis, which was not revealed in court.

No evidence was offered in relation to Johnson for a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on October 29 last year.

Turner will stand trial on March 14, which is expected to last four days.

A pre-sentence report was ordered for Johnson, who is expected to be sentenced on the last day of Turner’s trial.

Both men were remanded in custody.