Man denies attempted murder

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A MAN has denied trying to murder his ex-partner in a stabbing attack.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, David Martin pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and wounding with intent.

They relate to an incident at a Sunderland business park, in May.

The 29-year-old is accused of stabbing his former girlfriend outside the EDF Energy Contact Centre, at Doxford International Business Park, where she was working.

The EDF call centre employs 1,600 people at the busy business park, where workers at the time spoke of their horror over the incident

Martin, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, will be tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court on October 22.

At court yesterday, prosecutor Mark Guiliani said: “Did he intend to cause her really serious harm, did he intend to kill her?”

The court heard that the victim, who is in her 20s, will give evidence from behind a screen at the trial.

Judge James Goss, QC, remanded Martin in custody, pending the trial.

The judge told him: “You will be tried on charges of attempted murder and the alternative charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

“The estimated length of trial is three days.

“The complainant will give evidence screened from you and the public gallery.”