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James McDonald in court over alleged attempted murder following stabbing and fire in Albion Road, Broadstairs

A man accused of trying to kill a woman after she suffered stab wounds in Broadstairs has appeared at Maidstone Crown Court.

James McDonald is charged with attempting to murder Natalie Hook in Albion Road, St Peter’s, on the evening of September 21 and an alternative charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The homeless 29-year-old is also charged with wounding a child with intent do grievous bodily harm, an alternative of unlawful wounding and having an offensive weapon, a knife.

Police at the scene of the attack. Picture: Courtney Packham
Police at the scene of the attack. Picture: Courtney Packham

McDonald is further accused of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered at a house in Albion Road the same day.

Ms Hook was treated for her injuries in a London hospital. Two children were discharged after treatment.

McDonald was not asked to enter pleas when he appeared today by video link with Elmley Prison, Sheppey. He was remanded in custody.

Fire crews and police in Albion Road
Fire crews and police in Albion Road

He will next appear at Canterbury Crown Court in the week beginning December 12 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

A preliminary trial date for that court was set for February 20 next year, but Judge Jeremy Carey was told it could be delayed further.

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