Stevenage security guard denies attempted murder after man slashed with utility knife

PUBLISHED: 12:34 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:41 06 October 2017

Alan Copestake denied attempting to murder Gavin Clarke in Stevenages Cromdale Walk on September 4 when appearing at St Albans Crown Court today.

Alan Copestake denied attempting to murder Gavin Clarke in Stevenages Cromdale Walk on September 4 when appearing at St Albans Crown Court today.

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A Stevenage security guard has denied attempting to murder a man who was slashed with a knife so badly he had to be placed in a medically induced coma.

At St Albans Crown Court today, Alan Copestake denied attempting to murder Gavin Clarke in Stevenage’s Cromdale Walk on September 4.

The court heard Mr Clarke was slashed with a utility knife leaving him with a cut from his ear to the corner of his mouth, thick lacerations to both sides of his neck and defensive wounds to both his arms.

Surgeons had to place him in an artificial coma in order to treat him.

Mr Copestake, whose address was given as Lime Close in Stevenage, also denied a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Clarke and possessing a utility knife.

The court heard how Mr Copestake claims he was attacked by Mr Clarke.

Mr Copestake was bailed with a curfew order between 9pm and 6am daily, electronic monitoring and an order not to contact Mr Clarke or go to Cromdale Walk.

He will face trial at the same court on February 26.

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