Sunderland knifeman admits trying to kill his brother

Carley Road, Sunderland.

Carley Road, Sunderland.

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A MAN has admitted trying to murder his brother in a horrific stabbing attack.

Calum Creighton attacked his brother Robert Creighton and left him needing hospital treatment.

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The victim’s friend James McMahon also suffered a serious injury during the assault, which happened at a house in Carley Road, Southwick, Sunderland.

Both men were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Creighton, 19, of Benton Avenue, Town End Farm, had faced two charges of attempted murder and was due to be tried by jury next week.

But his case was before Newcastle Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his brother and a charge of wounding with intent in relation to Mr McMahon last August.

Both offences carry maximum sentences of life imprisonment.

Prosecutor Christopher Knox said the lesser charge in relation to Mr McMahon was an acceptable plea in the circumstances and the attempted murder charge in relation to him will be dropped.

Mr Knox told the court: “The reality of it is the Crown would accept that Robert Creighton was at all times the real target here.

“His friend James McMahon was very seriously injured but the evidence in relation to him is slightly different.”

Creighton, who wore a grey tracksuit and spoke only to confirm his name and enter his pleas at the short hearing, will be sentenced during the week of February 27 after the preparation of reports.

Paul Currer, defending, said: “He is still a very young man.

“There is a psychiatric report being prepared.”

Judge James Goss remanded Creighton in custody until he is back in court for sentence.

The judge told him: “Your pleas have been accepted by the prosecution, there will be no trial in relation to this matter.”