Man on knife charge says turnips

The scene of the stabbing of a girl on Stranraer Road, Marsh Green
The scene of the stabbing of a girl on Stranraer Road, Marsh Green

A MAN accused of trying to stab a Wigan schoolgirl to death stunned a court room by replying with “turnips” when quizzed whether he was guilty or not.

Lawrence Wood’s bizarre responses came as he was appearing for the second time at Liverpool Crown Court in connection with an horrific incident in Marsh Green earlier this year.

He was asked by the clerk to enter his plea to the alleged offence but instead of replying with “guilty” or “not guilty” he just said “turnips.”

After his unusual response to the charge the judge Mrs Justice Swift asked for him to be re-arraigned but he just repeated the same word.

During Wood’s first appeared on screen via video link from Strangeways prison in Manchester and had been asked to confirm his identity he replied: “I am God.”

Yesterday the judge ordered that his plea should be entered as “not guilty” and further remanded him in custody until June 29 for a pre-trial review.

His trial, expected to last three to four days, has been fixed to begin on July 23.

Wood, of Lincoln Place, Marsh Green, is charged with attempted murder after the 12-year-old, who cannot be identified, was knifed twice in the back.

The attack took place in daylight on the afternoon of Wednesday February 8 in Stranraer Road, Marsh Green, and the victim underwent an operation after suffering a punctured lung.