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 Man jailed for attacking friend after argument


​A MAN who attacked his friend following an argument has been jailed for 14 years.

Stewart Hagan had been drinking and taking drugs at the victim’s house in New Brancepeth, near Durham, when the argument broke out in the early hours of September 18 this year.

The 22-year-old, of Murton, punched the man several times before attacking him with a pan and stabbing him in the head with a needle from a syringe.

Officers were called to the incident and arrested Hagan at the scene.

He pleaded guilty to attempted murder at a previous hearing and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last week, where he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Detective Constable Nigel Dowd, from Durham CID, said: “This is a significant sentence for a horrific offence, for which Hagan has shown no remorse.

“I am pleased that he has now been brought to justice and will remain behind bars for a substantial length of time.

“The court gave Hagan an extended sentence as they believe he poses a significant risk to members of the public.”