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Woman accused of stabbing Boxing Day house party visitor appears in court

Carlisle Crown Court

A WOMAN accused of stabbing a man several times while he was attending a Boxing Day party at her West Cumbria home has appeared in court.

Victoria Louise Lagan, 35, faces two charges arising out of an incident at a house in Main Street, Hensingham, Whitehaven, on Thursday night. A court heard this morning (SAT) that the man suffered “multiple stab wounds to his chest, face and arms, all around an inch in length”.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said in a statement released earlier today: “Police were called to an address in Main Street, Hensingham, at 8.15pm on 26th December, 2019, to a report of a man in his 30s having suffered injuries believed to have been caused by a knife or other bladed article.

“The injured man was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, with stab wounds but has since been discharged.”

Lagan appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle this morning. She is charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Neil McLaughlin with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm; and assaulting a woman, Natalie Dockray.

During a 10-minute hearing in front of magistrates, Lagan spoke from the dock only to confirm her name, date of birth and address, and to say that she understand proceedings.

A brief summary of the allegations was given to the court by prosecutor Rachel Parker.

No plea was entered by Lagan to the charges she faces. Her solicitor, Mike Woolaghan, confirmed that no application for bail was being made.

Lagan was remanded in custody, and is due to appear in front of a judge at Carlisle Crown Court on January 31.

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