Sunderland pensioner in court accused of trying to murder wife

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A pensioner accused of trying to murder his wife has appeared in court.

Laurence Crosby is accused of trying to kill Jean Crosby in an attack at their home in Westheath Avenue, Sunderland, last month.

The 65-year-old was not asked to enter a plea to an attempted murder charge during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

He spoke only to confirm his name.

Crosby will be back in court for a plea hearing on August 27.

A trial, which could take four or five days, is expected to take place in December.

Judge Paul Sloan QC granted him conditional bail in the meantime.

The terms of his bail mean he must have no contact with prosecution witnesses, including his wife, must not enter Sunderland except to attend pre-arranged appointments and must live at an address at Sunderland Road, Hawthorn, County Durham.