Durham prisoner ‘tried to kill his cellmate,’ court told

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A SUNDERLAND man will stand trial accused of attempting to murder a fellow inmate in Durham Prison.

Steven Hanson, 21, was due to appear before Peterlee Magistrates’ Court via video link, but he declined to leave his cell. Proceeding in his absence, prosecutor Vickie Wilson told the court Hanson is alleged to have attempted to murder cellmate Stephen Lindsey in the early hours of July 20.

The court heard Lindsay needed hospital treatment for serious injuries to his face and neck, possibly caused by a piece of broken glass.

Hanson, of no fixed abode, was on remand after being accused of attacking his mother.

Joanne Getens, defending, said there was no application for bail.

Bench chairman Dr David Shallow ordered the case to be sent to Newcastle Crown Court on January 14.

Hanson was remanded in custody.