Hammer attack: Man appears in Portsmouth court

Sussex Police is investigating the incident
Sussex Police is investigating the incident

A MAN has appeared in court charged with attempted murder over a hammer attack in Portsmouth.

James Hemming, 28, of Unicorn House, Cross Street, Portsea, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates Court today.

He was led to the dock in handcuffs by a security guard.

Hemming, wearing a grey tracksuit and glasses, confirmed his name and address to magistrates.

Police charged him last night after he was arrested on Friday evening.

It came after a 17-year-old girl is still in hospital with life-changing injuries following an attack in Shearer Road, Fratton, on April 11.

Prosecutor Nick Hoyle said: ‘It is a very traumatic brain injury indeed. Two fractures to the skull. It has left the aggrieved unable to communicate some weeks later.’

Relatives of Hemming were at court today as well as police officers in the case.

Hemming did not make a plea. He did not say anything as he was handcuffed and led back down to the cells.

There was no application for bail.

He was remanded in custody to appear for the preliminary hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 31.