Spondon dad appears in court to deny attempted murder of Derby teenager

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A father-of-two has appeared in court to deny the attempted murder of a teenager in Derby.

Ashley Taylor pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder and a second count of robbing the same alleged victim when he appeared at Derby Crown Court.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit and supported by a full public gallery of family and friends, the 25-year-old, of Haddon Drive, Spondon, appeared from custody for the short hearing on Thursday.

He was remanded in custody by Judge Nirmal Shant QC and a trial date has been set for May 21 with an estimate of six days.

Taylor was charged with attempted murder after a pedestrian suffered serious injuries in a collision with a car in Normanton.

Police attending the scene of an incident at the junction of Grange Ave and Village Street, in Normanton.

Police attending the scene of an incident at the junction of Grange Ave and Village Street, in Normanton.

Police say the incident is alleged to have happened at about 10.40pm on Friday, January 12 near the junction between Grange Avenue and Village Street.

They say a 19-year-old man was in collision with a car and suffered a number of serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Taylor was arrested two days later and was charged with attempted murder and robbery of a mobile phone from the alleged victim.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “We are still appealing for witnesses to this incident and want to hear from anyone who has any information that can help. Anyone who can assist should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting reference 18000019315.

“You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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