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Man accused of trying to stab schoolgirl to death in Wigan tells court 'I am God'

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012 19:22

When asked to enter his plea, he said 'turnips'

A 31-year-old man accused of trying to stab a Wigan schoolgirl to death replied 'turnips' when asked in court whether he was guilty or not.

Lawrence Wood was appearing for the second time at Liverpool Crown Court to enter his plea to the alleged offence but instead of 'guilty' or 'not guilty' he just said 'turnips'.

After his unusual response to the charge the judge Mrs Justice Swift asked for him to be rearranged but he just repeated 'turnips.'

Prior to this when he first appeared on screen via video link from Strangeways prison, Manchester, today (Tue) and had been asked to confirm his identity he replied, "I am God."

The judge ordered that his plea should be entered as not guilty and further remanded him in custody until June 29 for a pre-trial review. His trial, expected to last three to four days, has been fixed to begin on July 23.

Lawrence Wood, of Lincoln Place, Marsh Green,Wigan, is charged with attempted murder after the 12-year-old, who cannot be identified, was knifed twice in the back.

The attack took place in daylight on Wednesday afternoon, February 8 in Stranraer Road, Marsh Green, and the victim underwent an operation after suffering a punctured lung.

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