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Screwdriver attack accused remanded

A man has been remanded in custody charged with the attempted murder of a headteacher who was stabbed with a screwdriver outside her home.

Gillian Kay, 39, head of Propps Hall Primary School in Failsworth, Oldham, received injuries to her face and neck in the assault in Rochdale on Thursday afternoon.

Mark Pierson, 48, of Belfield Old Road, Rochdale, appeared before Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing.

He will next appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on May 17 for a preliminary hearing.

The 39-year-old was attacked as she got out of her car in Shaw Road, Thornham, just after 5pm.

Police were called to the scene following reports she been stabbed three times.

The court heard she received treatment for nine stab wounds.

The headteacher was airlifted to hospital and was in a serious condition but has since been released from hospital.

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