Teenager denies stabbing Sunderland man in chest with scissors

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A TEENAGE boy has pleaded not guilty to stabbing a man in a Sunderland street and will be released on bail to an address outside the North East until he appears before a crown court judge.

 The 17-year-old student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied possession of a pair of scissors and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

 The charges were brought after an 18-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his chest following an incident in Pennywell, on Monday morning.

 The court previously heard 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 Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment to a collapsed lung, and his condition was described as non-life-threatening and stable.

 He is said to remain in hospital under observation.

 Defence solicitor Joanne Gatens had argued that the case should remain in the magistrates’ court, but District Judge Roger Elsey ruled the offences, if proven, would attract a sentence beyond the powers of the lower court.

 “It, in my opinion, constitutes a grave crime and will be allocated to the crown court,” Judge Elsey said.

 The defendant was remanded into the care of Sunderland City Council until the proposed bail address, in North Yorkshire, can be verified.

 He will then have to live and sleep there under bail conditions that he will stay out of Sunderland and not interfere with prosection witnesses.

 The case has been listed for an administrative hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on April 1.

 Meanwhile, Northumbria Police have continued to appeal for witnesses.

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