Harrogate: Man, 26, accused of stabbing is bailed

A father-of-two accused of stabbing a man in the neck, head and back with a screwdriver in a drugs-related incident in a Harrogate flat has been bailed by the town's magistrates.

Stephen Francis Maughan 26, of Station View, Starbeck, Harrogate, appeared in court yesterday charged with the attempted murder of 41-year-old Patrick Blakey, of High Skellgate, Ripon, at a flat in

Strawberrydale Court, Franklin Road, Harrogate, last Friday.

Maughan, who did not enter any plea, was sent for trial at York Crown Court and will make an initial appearance there on Monday.

Bail had been opposed by prosecutor Simon Ostler who said CPS lawyers would appeal against the decision.

Court chairman David Uffindall imposed conditions on Maughan's liberty.

They insist he must continue to live at the address given to the court and observe a nightly 7pm to 7am tagged curfew there.

He must also report daily to Harrogate police station and avoid all contact with prosecution witnesses and Mr Blakey.

He must not go within 200 metres of Strawberrydale Court and must stay

out of Ripon.

Three other men aged 49, 44 and 19 arrested for failing to surrender to

police in connection with the incident were later released on bail.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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