Youth charged over football match stabbing refuses to leave cell


A teenager who was charged after a player was stabbed at a football match failed to appear in court today (Friday November 13) when he refused to leave his cell.

The 17-year-old, from Crawley, who cannot be named because of his age, was charged with wounding with intent.

He was due to appear at Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

At the hearing, defence barrister George Hepburne-Scott said the teenager had refused to leave his cell.

Judge Guy Anthony said: “On Monday November 16 the defendant is to be produced, and if needed, necessary force is to be used to bring him in.”

The case relates to an attack during half time at a football match between the Mile Oak Reserves and Alliance FC at Cherry Lane playing field, Langley Green, on October 24.

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