Man in court over attack

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with an attack which left a victim in a critical condition.

Andrew Ford is under sedation in the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, after suffering serious head injuries, including a bleed to the brain, in the assault on June 5.

The 30-year-old was taken to hospital after he was found by police lying on the floor of a house in Second Street, Blackhall, when they were called to a report of a disturbance at the property.

Christopher Henry Hilton, of Brandlings Way, Peterlee, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court this week.

He has been charged with grievous bodily harm against Mr Ford.

No pleas were entered and the bench was asked to decline jurisdiction, because of the serious nature of the allegation.

Prosecutor Heather Wilkinson asked for the 20-year-old to be remanded in custody.

Despite representations from his solicitor Graeme Cook, magistrates refused to grant Hilton bail.

He will appear before Durham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Durham Police are continuing to look for another man in relation to the incident, which happened at 1.30am.

Two other men, aged 30 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of assault later in the morning of the incident.

They remain on police bail, pending further inquiries.