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Townhill man in court accused of attempted murder following alleged stabbing of three members of same family

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

Swansea Magistrates Court

A MAN has appeared in court charged with attempted murder, following an incident in a house in Mayhill on New Year's Day.

Michael Richard Matthews, of Gors Avenue, Townhill, is alleged to have stabbed three members of the same family at a home in Townhill Road, as they were enjoying a party with friends to celebrate the New Year.

Police were called to the house at around 3.35am on New Year's Day, following an incident which left a father and son — aged 44 and 24 — and a 39-year- old-woman with injuries.

Matthews appeared before Swansea magistrates' yesterday morning flanked by security guards, to face a charge of attempted murder, together with two further charges of wounding with intent.

Prosecuting, Julie Sullivan alleged that Matthews, who entered no plea, had stabbed Christian Strawbridge in the thigh. Mr Strawbridge's father Andrew was also allegedly stabbed by Matthews, in the stomach and the leg.


Mrs Sullivan said: "The puncture to the stomach was so severe the bowel and intestine were protruding from the wound."

Andrew Strawbridge's wife Catherine was also allegedly stabbed by Matthews.

The court was told that while Catherine had since been discharged from hospital with stitches in her wound, both her husband and son remained in hospital recovering from surgery.

Lee Davies, representing Matthews, made no application for bail, and a date was set for his next hearing at crown court.

Following proceedings, Matthews was taken from the dock by security guards after attempting to talk with members of the public, who were also ordered by magistrates to leave the court room.

Matthews is next due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for a further hearing on January 15.

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