A PENSIONER who is accused of slashing his neighbour's throat failed to turn up to court this morning because he was apparently rushed to hospital.

William Dutton, aged 89, of Breightmet Drive, was due to appear at Bolton Magistrates Court this morning, but The Bolton News understands he was taken to hospital and was unable to attend.

He was then due to appear at Bolton Magistrates Court this afternoon but due to his disabilities the case was sent to Manchester Magistrates Court, which is more accessible.

He will appear at Manchester Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Dutton has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to 60-year-old Steven Waring, and possession of a bladed article.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on Sunday night in the front garden of a semi-detached house in Breightmet Drive, where it is thought Dutton lives with his wife and son.