Hawsker man in court on stabbing charge

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The Hare and Hounds in Hawsker''w140609m

A row over a dog in a sleepy village pub has resulted in a 31-year-old High Hawsker man facing an attempted murder charge.

Michael Charles Turford, of Back Lane, is alleged to have stabbed a 30-year-old Derbyshire man a number of times during the argument outside the Hare and Hounds pub in the village on Sunday, April 20, this year.

Turford appeared before York Crown Court on Thursday (May 1) with the support of his parents.

No plea was entered, but Graham Brown, defending, said that there may be an acceptance of a lesser charge, such as wounding with intent, his client claiming self-defence with no intention to kill.

Nick Barker, prosecuting, told the court that the victim, from Belper, has been released from hospital and is recuperating at home with a prognosis of a full recovery.

Turford is expected to enter pleas on July 28 and, if required, a trial may take place on either August 11 or during the week commencing November 17.

However, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that this would depend on whether permission was granted for a circuit judge to hear the case at York, or if it had to be sent to another court centre.

Reporting restrictions were not lifted and Turford was granted conditional bail to have no contact with witnesses, not to enter on-licence premises and to report twice weekly to Scarborough Police Station.