Man charged with attempted murder after headteacher stabbed with screwdriver in Rochdale

By Danielle Wainwright

Police investigating the brutal attack of a headteacher in Rochdale last Thursday have charged a man with attempted murder.

Gillian Kay, 39, was stabbed in the face and neck with a screwdriver in broad daylight outside her home on Shaw Road and was air lifted to hospital for her injuries.

Mark Pierson, 48, of Belfield Old Road was arrested and charged, appearing before Rochdale Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Ms Kay, head of Propps Hall Primary School, Failsworth, Oldham, received treatment for nine stab wounds and has since been discharged from hospital.

Speaking after the incident last week, Detective Inspector Andy Aston said: “What I can say is there is no threat to anyone else in the community and it is also important to stress that reports about this being a ‘neighbour dispute’ or ‘neighbour feud’ are wrong, so I would ask that people do not speculate.”

Mr Pierson is next in court on May 17 at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

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