Magistrates remand man accused of attempting to murder schoolboys in rural Havant road

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after two schoolboys were stabbed in Havant.

Dressed in a grey jumper and jogging bottoms and flanked by two dock officers Richard Michael Walsh, of no fixed address, spoke only to confirm his identity at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He sat in the dock as prosecutor Graham Heath outlined the case against him.

The 43-year-old has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in relation to two boys, 12 and 13, over an incident on June 26 in Southleigh Road, Havant.

He is also charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm relating to a third person on the same day.

Walsh is also charged with robbery of a pedal cycle from a youth on June 8 in Southleigh Road.

None of the victims can be named for legal reasons.

Walsh is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on July 20.

Chairman of the bench Paul Thompson said: ‘All of these matters are being sent to trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

‘You will attend their initially by videolink on the 20th of July at 10 o’clock.

‘Until that time you will be remanded in custody.’

The two boys aged 12 and 13 stabbed at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road on Friday afternoon are described as being in a serious but stable condition by police.

The 13-year-old boy was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

The 12-year-old was taken by road ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and then moved to Southampton General Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

The stretch of road where the incident took place is often used as a shortcut between Havant and Emsworth.