A PENSIONER has appeared in court accused of a street attack which left a man critically injured.
Raymond Maddock, who had the assistance of a walking frame at Newcastle Crown Court, is accused of causing serious injuries to Darren Docherty.
Mr Docherty was found lying unconscious and badly injured in Hollin Hill Road, Concord, Washington, last August.
Maddock, 65, of Hertburn Gardens, Washington, faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
His son Shaun Maddock, 46, of Trafalgar Road, Washington, has now been charged with the same offence, in relation to the same attack.
Both men appeared at crown court yesterday, where neither was asked to enter a plea to the charge they face.
They will both be back in court on April 3, and have both been granted conditional bail in the meantime.
Their bail terms ban them from contacting prosecution witnesses.
They also mean they must live at their home addresses.
Mr Docherty was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, after the incident on August 30 last year.
His condition was described as critical shortly after the attack.
No update was given on his medical condition during the court hearing.