A man has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder after a stabbing last month.
Kieran Smith, 22, has denied trying to kill a man in Horden, on August 9.
Police said the man was found critically injured in Warren Square, near Geordie's Pizzeria.
The 38-year-old was taken to hospital with life-threatening chest injuries after the attack.
Smith, of Tenth Street, Peterlee, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday where he also pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery.
There will be a pre-trial hearing on November 3.
The trial, which is expected to last seven days, is scheduled for February 5 and Smith has been remanded in custody.