Man remanded in custody over hammer-attack burglary

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A MAN has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with aggravated burglary.

Anthony Mothersdale is accused of breaking into a property in Fife Avenue, Jarrow, and attempting to hit the occupant with a hammer.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at about 11.30pm on Saturday night.

The 43-year-old, of Rodin Avenue, South Shields, entered no pleas to the charge when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for an initial hearing on August 26.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said, Mothersdale should be kept in custody until his next court date.

Mr Anderson said: “The crown would invite you to the view that it would be right and proper to withold bail.”

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, urged magistrates to grant Mothersdale bail until his first appearance at Newcastle Crown Court.

Magistrates refused him bail and he will be remanded in custody until his date at the crown court on August 26.