Kane McConnon, 22, appeared in court charged with Whaddon stabbing
THE man charged with stabbing a victim repeatedly with a kitchen knife in Whaddon has appeared in court.
Kane Sean Owen McConnon entered no pleas when he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court yesterday afternoon.
The 22-year-old, of Colne Avenue in Whaddon, was charged with maliciously or unlawfully committing grievous bodily harm on Curtis Brigdale on Tuesday afternoon.
He also entered no plea to a second charge of having an unlawful weapon, a kitchen knife, in Thames Road on the same date.
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Prosecutor Sharon Jomâa said: "The victim in this matter sustained very serious injuries and was kept in hospital where they were stitched and glued."
Defending, Nick Cooper made no application for bail for his client, who was dressed in a black top.
Presiding magistrate Tom Fitzgibbon remanded McConnon in custody and ordered he appear next at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday, September 13. During the hearing, Ms Jomâa said: "The bladed article is a linked offence and will therefore go up (to the crown court) at the same time."
Mr Cooper added: "I agree both offences should be sent to the crown court together as they are clearly linked.
"The defence's position is there will be no application for bail."
Some seven people turned out to the St George's Road court in support of McConnon.
They listened during the hearing, which lasted just five minutes.
McConnon called to them: "Come visit".
One replied "Yeah all right" while others blew kisses at him.
Mr Brigdale was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham suffering from wounds to his back, arms and legs.
It is understood he was repeatedly stabbed.
A spokesman from Gloucestershire police said the former student of Bishop's Cleeve School remained in hospital last night.
Alexa Collicott said: "The man remains in a stable condition in hospital."
The stabbing just came days after Jane Wiggett, 57, was found dead in her home, in nearby Mendip Road.
The 57-year-old's body was found at her Mendip House flat on Friday, August 16, in an unconnected incident.
Her ex-husband, Danny Spencer, also 57, remained in police custody last night after being arrested on suspicion of her murder.
Officers are expected to make a decision on whether or release him or charge him with the crime this morning after already having been granted extra time to question by the courts.
Following the discovery of Mrs Wiggett's body, a man hunt was launched for Mr Spencer.
The scaffolder, who is understood to have lived in Thailand for some time in the past, was found at a hotel near Birmingham Airport by officers following a tip off from the public.
The ongoing murder inquiry and the stabbing are not being linked, but have rocked the community of Whaddon.