Rustington machete attack: accused does not enter plea in court

Armed police were called to the incident in Lawrence Avenue, Rustington, on Christmas Eve
Armed police were called to the incident in Lawrence Avenue, Rustington, on Christmas Eve

A Rustington man accused of attacking another man with a machete has appeared in court.

Finlay Finlayson, 53, from Lawrence Avenue, Rustington, was charged with attempted murder and two counts of possession of a knife following the incident on Christmas Eve.

Armed police descended on Lawrence Avenue in the early afternoon after a 46-year-old man was seriously injured after being attacked with a machete.

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Mr Finlayson was shot with a rubber bullet by police and arrested.

He was kept in custody and on Friday, he appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court.

According to a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman, no guilty or not guilty pleas were entered at the hearing.

They said Mr Finlayson will next appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on January 25 for a pre-trial preparatory hearing.

This comes after a car fire yards from the machete incident the day after Boxing Day.