Man in coma after attack

Reporter:

Andrew Martin

A man is in an induced coma in hospital with chest and other injuries after an alleged knife attack at a seaside town left two men injured, a special weekend court heard.

At Llandudno court 32-year-old Dane Molloy of Middle Lane, Denbigh, was sent for trial to Mold crown court in custody.

He is charged with wounding Anthony Hunter with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arising from an incident in Butterton Road, Rhyl on Thursday.

A second charge alleges causing actual bodily harm to Carl Grocott, stated to have sustained a leg injury for which he was treated in hospital.

Prosecuting, Julia Galston applied for a remand in custody.

Andrew Hutchinson, defending, made no application for bail.

“Not guilty pleas will be entered at the crown court,” he told magistrates.

Molloy will appear at the crown court on August 4.

Liver disease deaths

The number of alcohol-related deaths in Wales has stabilised following a significant rise towards the end of the last decade, a new Welsh Government report shows.

The Welsh Government’s Annual Statement of Progress for Liver Disease shows that in 2015, 807 people died from liver disease, an increase of 131 deaths (19.4%) over the past five years. Alcohol-related liver disease accounts for over a third of liver disease deaths.

However, the report shows a fall in alcohol-related deaths, from 504 in 2012 to 463 in 2015.

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