Men deny attacking dad-of-two

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TWO men denied their part in an alleged attack which left a man with permanent brain damage.

Andrew Ford’s injuries were so severe that he will be unable to take any part in the trial of the two men accused of attacking him, Durham Crown Court heard.

The 34-year-old dad-of-two was found lying injured on the living room floor of his home in Second Street, Blackhall, County Durham, in the early hours of June 5.

His alleged attackers, Christopher Henry Hilton and Paul Michael Bishop, were arrested by police in the days after the incident.

Bishop, 28, of no fixed abode, and Hilton, 20, of Brandlings Way, Peterlee, both pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Judge Christopher Prince set a trial date of October 23.

Judge Princes remanded Bishop and Hilton in custody until the start of the trial, which is due to be held at Durham Crown Court.