North East Wales

Flintshire shopkeeper murder bid accused faces trial

Matthew Whelan (L) and Leslie Baines Image copyright Andrew Price
Image caption Attempted murder accused Matthew Whelan, on the left, will go on trial with co-defendant Leslie Baines in May

A man accused of trying to murder a Flintshire shopkeeper in December will go on trial in May.

Matthew Liam Whelan, 29, from Mancot, appeared via a video link at Mold Crown Court charged with attempted murder after the alleged attack at a Costcutter store in Queensferry.

Shopkeeper Imtiaz Ul Haq, 58, suffered serious knife injuries to his throat in the incident.

Co-defendant Leslie Baines, 47, from Connah's Quay is accused of robbery.

It is alleged a till drawer containing an unknown amount of cash was taken in the incident on 8 December.

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Judge Rhys Rowlands agreed that the defence should have the opportunity to view the CCTV footage from the shop before formal pleas were entered.

The hearing was adjourned and a trial will take place on 22 May, and is expected to last five days.

Both accused men remain in custody.

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