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Man accused of Wigton attempted murder appears at crown court

King Street, Wigton

A MAN accused of attempted murder following an incident outside a north Cumbria pub has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Scott Topping, 39, pleaded not guilty to a total of five charges which arise out of a passage of events said to have occurred outside the Throstles Nest, King Street, Wigton, in Friday, 12th April.

Police said at the time a man in his 20s had “sustained a serious facial injury caused by a knife”. He was treated at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

Topping appeared at the city’s crown court this morning (MON) over a video link. During a 12-minute hearing in front of Judge James Adkin, Topping pleaded not guilty a charge which alleges that he attempted to murder Robert Pattinson.

Topping, whose address was given as Mulligans Court, Wigton, also denied an alleged assault on a woman; threatening a second man with a knife; possession of a knife; and affray.

Topping, wearing a black zip-up sports top, spoke during the court hearing to confirm his personal details, nationality and to entered his not guilty pleas.

A timetable for the progression of the case was outlined by prosecutor Francis McEntee.

A date for a trial before a jury has been listed. This is due to start on September 30 at the crown court and, it is estimated, will last around five days.

In the meantime Topping was remanded in custody by Judge Adkin.

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