Portsmouth man accused of trying to kill friend

Lee Mitchell is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for a preliminary hearing in January

Lee Mitchell is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for a preliminary hearing in January

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RESIDENTS have told how they heard a man shout ‘help me, help me, I’ve been stabbed’ in a quiet street.

Edward Mitchell was attacked in Ledbury Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, on Sunday.

Mr Mitchell’s injuries have been described as ‘not life-threatening.’

One woman, who lives in Ledbury Road, but does not want to be named for fear of repercussions, said of the incident: ‘All I heard was “help me, help me. I was sat in a chair by the window”.’

She added: ‘The police blocked the road off.

‘You couldn’t get in or out once the [police] tape was up.

‘It was up most of the evening.

‘I can’t believe it.’

Another woman who lives inn Ledbury Road said: ‘I heard screaming outside. I opened the door and there was the gentleman. He was shouting “help me, help me, I’ve been stabbed”.

She added: ‘All of the neighbours came out.

‘The police were here within about 10 minutes.

‘The road was shut off until about midnight.

‘I rang the police. I think we all did.

‘This is a nice, quiet road. It could happen anywhere.

‘You don’t expect something like that to happen outside your front door.’

Lee Mitchell, 44, of Northern Parade, Hilsea, Portsmouth – who is not related to Edward Mitchell but is understood to know him – is accused of one count of attempting to murder him in Ledbury Road on Sunday.

He also faces a charge of possessing a bladed article, namely a kitchen knife, in the same street that day.

Lee Mitchell is also accused of attempting to escape from custody and faces one count of assaulting a member of police staff at Portsmouth Central Police Station in Winston Churchill Avenue on Monday.

Dressed in a dark blue T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, he stood flanked by two custody officers during his brief appearance at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Lee Mitchell spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth. He did not enter pleas to any of the four crimes he is accused of.

He was remanded in custody by District Judge Anthony Callaway.

He is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on January 5.

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