Sunderland man admits Samurai sword attack that left woman with devastating wounds

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A KNIFEMAN has admitted seriously injuring a woman in a Samurai sword assault.

 Steven Miller left Annaliese Robson with devastating wounds after an attack at a house in Villette Road, Hendon, Sunderland, last August.

 The 28-year-old, of Tel-el-Kebir Road, Hendon, was charged with attempted murder and had been due to be tried by a jury later this week.

 But at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Miller pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and the attempted murder charge was dropped.

 Prosecutor Mark Guiliani told the court: “This has been considered at a senior level.

 “We will not proceed in the allegation of attempted murder.”

 Miller, who was dressed in a blue jacket, green and white checked shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea during the short hearing.

 No further details surrounding the case were given in court.

 Miller had been arrested after Ms Robson was attacked and left with serious hand injuries.

 Miller will be sentenced after the preparation of reports.

 His barriser Robin Patton told the court: “It is inevitable the court will wish some sort of assessment to take place.”

 Judge James Goss remanded Miller in custody until he is sentenced next month.

 The judge told him: “You will be visited in prison by a probation officer who will discuss this case.”