Man cleared of attempted murder after alleged stabbing at Sunderland call centre

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A MAN accused of trying to kill his ex-partner has been cleared of attempted murder.

David Martin was claimed to have tried to end Kate Taylor’s life in a stabbing attack outside EDF Energy in Sunderland, where they both worked, last May.

After a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, and almost nine hours deliberation, jurors found the 30-year-old not guilty of attempted murder.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on the lesser charge of wounding with intent and Judge Paul Sloan QC discharged them from deliberating further.

The case will be back at court next week.

Martin, of Telford Road, Thorney Close was remanded in custody in the meantime.