Steven Frogg admits stabbing boy, 4, in Mansfield

Police at Frederick Street
Image caption The boy was found covered with blood in the street

A man who tried to stab a four-year-old boy to death, has been told he faces a lengthy jail term.

Steven Frogg, 52, admitted attempted murder shortly before his trial was due to start at Nottingham Crown Court.

He stabbed the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on 9 April last year in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Judge Michael Stokes QC adjourned the case for reports and warned him a lengthy jail sentence is inevitable.

'Still has nightmares'

The court heard the boy's father was out shopping when he was stabbed by Frogg, at the defendant's home in Frederick Street.

John Lloyd-Jones, prosecuting, told the court the victim has recovered from his injuries but is still traumatised by memories of the incident.

"Physically, he has made a good recovery. Mentally, he still doesn't forget this incident and has nightmares," he said.

Frogg was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Neighbour Gary Smith said at the time: "He was lying down with blood everywhere, I was very shocked and upset.

"There was blood all over his head, he had slight stab wounds to his back."

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