A DOG sitter was stabbed and slashed across the face with a kitchen knife after a row at a party, a court heard.

It is alleged that John Calob was attacked after a “confrontation”

at a flat in Ullswater Drive in Highfield, Farnworth, on the morning of Wednesday, June 27.

He was stabbed in his back and shoulder blade, and was also slashed across the head and suffered a long injury on his arm, Bolton Crown Court was told yesterday.

Daniel Herring, aged 28, of Ullswater Drive, Highfield, and Peter Stokes, aged 20, of Raikes Way, Darcy Lever, are accused of attacking him and causing the injuries.

David James, prosecuting, said Mr Calob was dog sitting for his friend, who was away, and decided to make amends with some residents in a flat upstairs after hearing there had been complaints about late night parties and loud music.

He fell asleep at the party and was described as being “grumpy” when he was woken up by Stokes.

Mr Calob was encouraged to shake hands with Stokes and Herring, but when he pulled away from Herring, the court heard, he accidentally hit one of the flat’s residents, Kirsty Wood, in the chest.

The defendants believed his action was deliberate, the court was told.

Mr Calob returned to his flat, but shortly afterwards heard knocking at the front door.

Mr James said the Stokes and Herring, who was armed with a knife, were outside and they forced their way in and attacked Mr Calob.

The court heard that Mr Calob banged on doors in the building asking for someone to call an ambulance, but nobody helped until another resident overheard his cries.

In a police interview, Stokes claimed Herring said he was going to “batter” Mr Calob and said he was upstairs when the incident happened.

He said Herring told him he had beaten Mr Calob with a cup.

Herring denied he was present during the attack and said he wanted to hit Mr Calob but did not do so.

Both men deny aggravated burglary and wounding with intent.

The case continues.