Man denies attempted murder over alleged axe attack

The Bell Hotel in Clare

Police were called to the Bell Hotel in Clare on March 19 - Credit: Google

A man accused of attempting to murder another man with an axe in a Suffolk pub will stand trial next year. 

David Perry, 39, appeared in the dock at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder. 

Police officers were called to the Bell Hotel in Clare, near Sudbury, at 8.15pm on Saturday, March 19 this year. 

A man in his 30s was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with a serious head injury. 

Perry, of St Margarets Place, Stradishall, near Newmarket, wore a grey jumper in the dock at the short plea and trial preparation hearing. 

Judge Martyn Levett fixed a trial date for January 9, 2023, and remanded Perry in custody. 

The trial is expected to last around five days. 

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Perry will next appear at Ipswich Crown Court for a further hearing on June 27.