THE TRIAL of a man accused of trying to murder a Swindon man in a town centre flat begins today at Bristol Crown Court.

Kelmoy Brown denies stabbing his victim, a man in his 30s, in a flat on Aylesbury Street near Swindon railway station, two days before Christmas Day last year.

The 24-year-old, of no fixed address, has been charged with attempted murder. His trial, which begins today, is expected to last up to four days.

Police were called on Sunday, December 23, at around 7pm to reports that a man had received multiple injuries, including a stab wound to his back.

Officers remained at the home for several days, with forensic specialists even seen at the flat on Christmas Day.

At the time, police described the attack as a “serious assault” that had left the victim with life-threatening injuries. He was later said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Det Sgt Matt Salmon of Wiltshire Police said following the incident: “We know this will understandably cause concern amongst the local community and people should expect to see an increased police presence in the area while we continue with our investigation.”

Another woman, 33, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

However, police later dropped charges against her, confirming they would be taking no further action.