April 29, 2022 11.34 am

Man pleads guilty to Birchwood stabbing

He will be sentenced this summer

A Sheffield man has admitted wounding a man and possessing a kitchen knife following an attack in Lincoln.

Police were called to reports of disorder at Larchwood Crescent in Birchwood, Lincoln, at 2.52pm on Thursday, March 24.

Officers responded and found a man in his 40s who had sustained several injuries consistent with a knife wound, Lincolnshire Police said.

Larchwood Crescent was cordoned off at the Tulipwood Avenue and Lancewood Gardens crossroads.

The victim was taken to hospital in a serious condition but is now back at home.

Reardon Cronin, 21, of Lowedges Road, Sheffield, was arrested in connection with the incident.

Cronin today appeared at Lincoln Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding Steven Slezak with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on March 24.

He also admitted a second offence of possessing a bladed article, namely a kitchen knife, in Larchwood Crescent, Lincoln.

Neil Sands, mitigating, said Cronin and the victim were known to each other.

Mr Sands told the court: “This was not a stranger attack.”

Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight adjourned sentence on Cronin for an assessment of if he is a dangerous offender.

Cronin was remanded back into custody and will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on June 20.

Judge Sjolin Knight told him: “You have pleaded guilty to two very serious matters.

“It is going to be a sentence of custody.”

After the incident a police spokesman said: “This appears to be an isolated incident which happened in the middle of the day in a busy residential area, and we are sure that there will be people who witnessed or captured the incident on dashcam or mobiles phones.

“We would appeal to anyone with information to come forward to aid our investigation.”