A MAN accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend will stand trial at crown court.
Mark Brunton allegedly held a kitchen knife to the woman’s neck during an argument.
The 23-year-old was at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court facing a charge of making threats to kill.
He pleaded not guilty, and magistrates were told that the case was too serious for them to deal with.
Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “His girlfriend says he picked up a kitchen knife and began to stab himself in the chest and stomach, before holding it to her neck and saying he would cut her throat and kill her.
“The prosecution would say this is not suitable to be dealt with at magistrates’ court.”
Magistrates declined jurisdiction of the case and sent it to Newcastle Crown Court.
Brunton is due to appear there for the first time on Monday, November 4.
Charlton James Carr, defending, said Brunton, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, denies the allegations.
He was remanded in custody until then.