Family appear in court accused of attempted murder in Fareham

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A MAN and his two sons have appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed.

Ian Hawkins, 46, of Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, appeared alongside his sons John Nathaniel Morris, 23, also of Bishopsfield Road and Keith Eric Brian Hawkins, 26, from Dalton in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

The trio spoke only to confirm their names and addresses at the short hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

It comes as police said a man was stabbed in woodland near to The Gillies in Fareham.

A 49-year-old-man was assaulted resulting in serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and is now in a stable condition.

Morris told the court he is also known by the surname Hawkins.

The older Hawkins, a sales advisor, was granted permission to sit down at the start of the case as he uses a cane to steady himself.

Ann Smout, prosecuting, asked magistrates to remand the men in custody.

Rhys Evans, defending Morris, a landscape gardener, and Hawkins senior, asked magistrates to bail the two.

Simon Moger, defending Hawkins junior, asked magistrates to bail him.

This was refused by magistrates and all of the men were remanded into custody at the end of the brief hearing.

The men are charged with attempted murder in relation to the incident, which was shortly before 10pm on Friday.

All of them are due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court in a hearing next month.