Charged with claw hammer attack

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A man accused of repeatedly battering his girlfriend round the head with a claw-hammer, and stabbing a man who came to her aid between the eyes with a screwdriver, has made his first appearance in court.

Stephen Lagogiannis, 48, of Devonshire Road, Blackpool, is charged with assaulting the pair, causing them actual bodily harm.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on May 9, at Blackpool.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Defence lawyer Trevor Colebourne did not ask for bail for his client and said he would not indicate pleas to the offences at this stage.

Lagogiannis was remanded in custody by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court and will appear at Preston Crown Court on June 4.