A man has been cleared of attempting to murder his mother’s partner after the prosecution dropped the case against him.
Steven Evans, 20, had denied attempting to murder Andrew Yates, 43, on November 24 last year and an alternative charge of wounding him with intent at the home of his mother Joanne Bray in Keldregate, Deighton.
He was due to face trial at Leeds Crown Court today but Timothy Capstick prosecuting offered no evidence against him on both charges after telling the judge that Mr Yates had made a retraction statement and the prosecution had been unable to serve a witness summons on him.
Formal not guilty verdicts were recorded on both charges and Judge Guy Kearl QC ordered the release of Evans who had spent more than three months in custody on remand.
Bray, 44, has admitted a charge of doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice by telling an emergency service operator and police officers that she was responsible for stabbing Mr Yates.
She is due to be sentenced later this week.
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