He is set to stand trial next year
A man is set to stand trial after denying attempting to murder another man following an attack outside an Essex bar. Geoffrey Ryan is alleged to have tried to murder a man outside The Lounge Bar in Braintree.
The incident happened at around 11.30pm on September 9. The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries but thankfully they were able to be treated and he has since been discharged.
The area around Market Place was cordoned off by police as forensic teams investigated the scene. Essex Police made an appeal for witnesses following the incident.
Geoffrey Ryan, 53 of Kiln Way, Braintree was arrested and subsequently charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and racially aggravated public order. He appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (October 10) via video link where he pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and racially aggravated public order.
However, Ryan admitted possession of an offensive weapon. A trial has been set for the other two charges at the same court for 20 February 2023. Attempted murder can carry a lengthy prison sentence if a defendant is convicted.