A PENSIONER accused of slashing his neighbour’s throat has made his first appearance at Bolton Crown Court.

William Dutton, aged 89, of Breightmet Drive, Breightmet, is accused of wounding 60-year-old Steven Waring with intent, and is also charged with possession of a bladed article.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on Sunday, January 26, in the front garden of a semi-detached house in Breightmet Drive.

Dutton, dressed in a long green overcoat and glasses, stumbled into the dock and was asked by Recorder David Turner QC if he could hear him, to which Dutton replied “not properly”.

The court heard that the 89-year-old has been living in a hotel since he was charged and his barrister asked for a change of bail conditions to allow him to live at home under a 24-hour curfew because he could not afford to keep paying for a room.

It is thought Dutton lives with his wife and son.

The hearing will continue on Monday when a bail decision will be made.

A trial date has been set for August 11 and is expected to last between four and five days.