Murder bid charge man

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A MAN accused of trying to stab a Wigan schoolgirl to death appeared for the first time at Liverpool Crown Court.

Lawrence Wood is charged with attempted murder after a 12-year-old, who cannot be identified, was knifed twice in the back on February 8 in Stranraer Road, Marsh Green. The victim underwent an operation after suffering a punctured lung. Wood, 31, of Lincoln Place, Marsh Green, was further remanded in custody until May 8 when he is expected to enter his plea. A trial should begin on July 23.