Two men who were initially charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Berry Hill, last summer have admitted criminal involvement in the incident.

George Gadsby, 25, of no fixed address, has pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to wounding Nicholas Hughes with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm in Hillcrest Road, Berry Hill, on August 9 2023.

And Leigh Papps, 34, of Greenfield rd, Joy’s Green, has admitted assisting Gadsby in the commission of an offence.

The Crown Prosecution Service has withdrawn the attempted murder charge and accepted the pleas put forward by the two defendants, Judge Rupert Lowe was told at the court last Friday (February 9).

Mary Cowe, prosecuting, said the Crown was content with their pleas but wanted to know if either of them would be disputing any of the facts to be presented at their sentencing hearing.

Gadsby’s defence lawyer said he could not foresee any factual dispute. 

He said a psychiatrist has been commissioned to provide a report to the court about Gdsby and is due to see him on March 5.

Judge Ian Lawrie KC adjourned the case until March 25 when both men will be sentenced for their roles in the attack on Mr Hughes.

*The stabbing took place near the Gamekeepers Inn, Berry Hill, at around 4.20pm on August 9th. 

Mr Hughes was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where he was treated for serious injuries.