Sunderland teenager sobs in court as he faces stabbing charges

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A STUDENT sobbed in the dock as he appeared in court accused of stabbing an 18-year-old man in a Sunderland street.

The 17-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded in custody by Sunderland magistrates yesterday.

He is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a pair of hairdressing scissors.

The 18-year-old suffered a collapsed lung following an incident in Pennywell on Monday morning.

Prosecutor John MacGlone said that after the victim experienced “a sharp pain in his side” and was out of breath after being attacked in Petersfield Road at 6.10am.

“He was taken to hospital with a stab wound to the left side of his chest and was treated for a collapsed lung,” Mr McGlone said, adding that the victim also had a hemothorax – meaning a collection of blood in the space between the chest wall and the lung.

He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment, where his condition was described as non-life-threatening and stable.

No pleas were taken and the defendant will appear in the youth court today, when the bench will decide whether the case is so serious it will have to be heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Defence solicitor Joanne Gatens applied for bail on the condition that he resides with a relative out of the area, but he was denied bail by the bench

Northumbria Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and extra officers were deployed to the area to offer reassurance following the incident.

Officers can be contacted on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 982 of 160315 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.