Trial resumes after attack on defendant

The trial of a man accused of knifing a bar worker was delayed last week — because the defendant was stabbed.

The Supreme Court heard yesterday that Alex Wolffe was stabbed in the left shoulder last Monday and was unable to appear in court for several days.

Mr Wolffe said he was stabbed when he opened his door after someone knocked on it at about 3am.

The court was told he needed medical treatment and was given a medical certificate to cover his absence.

The prosecution suggested Mr Wolffe’s injuries were self-inflicted in an attempt to gain sympathy.

But Susan Mulligan, Mr Wolffe’s lawyer, said there was no evidence that Mr Wolffe had stabbed himself.

She added Mr Wolffe was prepared to come to court two days after he was stabbed, but doctors recommended more time to recover.

Ms Mulligan said that concerns were also raised about Mr Wolffe’s ability to give evidence only two days after he was injured.

Borislav Angelov was stabbed multiple times in an attempted robbery outside his Paget home after he was chased on his motorbike along Harbour Road by two men on another bike in the early hours of October 23 last year.

Mr Wolffe, from Southampton, is charged with wounding Mr Angelov, attempted robbery and two counts of intimidation.

He denies the charges.

Mr Wolffe earlier told the court that he had been in Southampton at the time of the attack on Mr Angelov and that he had been attacked by two men who had taken a borrowed motorcycle from him.

The trial continues.

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