Two charged over soldier's stabbing

A RIPON teenager was remanded in custody last Friday after a stabbing incident on Water Skellgate four days earlier left a 21-year-old soldier fighting for his life.

Ian Scott Brownlee, 19, appeared before Harrogate magistrates accused of wounding Anthony Rhys Ballans, who is stationed with 38 Engineer Regiment at Claro Barracks, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm after the incident on Monday, July 12.

Yesterday, Mr Ballans was still recovering in Leeds General Infirmary, but he was no longer in intensive care and his condition was described by the hospital as "stable".

Brownlee, of Dudley Walk in Ripon, is also charged, jointly with David Lee Rosemurgey, with affray arising out of the same incident.

No application for bail was made by Brownlee and he was sent in custody to York Crown Court for trial.

He is expected to make an initial appearance before a judge today.

Harrogate magistrates yesterday sent 23-year-old Rosemurgey, of Robert Street, Harrogate, to York Crown Court, where he will make an initial appearance next Friday, July 30, on the joint charge of affray.

He was granted bail on condition he stays out of Ripon, reports daily to Harrogate police station, continues to live at his current home and does not associate with Brownlee or interfere with prosecution witnesses.