A SOUTH Tyneside man has appeared in court accused of trying to murder his father.
Paul Blakey allegedly lashed out at 80-year-old William John Blakey and stabbed him repeatedly with an eight-inch carving knife.
The pensioner was found lying in a pool of blood on the driveway outside the family home in Hylton Avenue, South Shields.
The 49-year-old was arrested inside, and was charged with attempted murder.
Blakey appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Saturday where, during a short hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
He did not enter a plea to the charge.
Magistrates were told that because of the seriousness of the allegations, the case must be heard at Newcastle Crown Court.
Blakey will appear in court at Newcastle on Monday, September 9.
He was remanded in custody until then.
Mr Blakey suffered injuries to his face, neck, eye, legs and scalp.
He was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital before being transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The attack took place at about 7pm on Thursday evening.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.