North East Wales

Flintshire shopkeeper stab accused admits wounding

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 kill a Flintshire shopkeeper in a robbery has admitted a wounding charge.

Imtiaz Ul Haq, 58, suffered serious knife wounds to his throat during the attack at the Costcutter convenience store in Queensferry on 8 December

At Mold Crown Court on Monday, Matthew Liam Whelan, 29, from Mancot, denied attempted murder but admitted both wounding with intent and robbery.

Leslie Peter Baines, 47, of Connah's Quay, denies the robbery charge.

A trial date has been set for 22 May, however the prosecution has been asked to consider if it wishes to proceed with an attempted murder charge against Whelan or accept his guilty plea to the other offence.

Both men were remanded in custody ahead of a pre-trial hearing in April.

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