Two in court accused of assisting in Lincoln hammer attack
Two men have appeared in court charged with assisting a man accused of carrying out an attack with a hammer in Lincoln.
Alex Richard Taylor and Daniel Ross Burrell, both 22, appeared at the city's Crown Court.
They are charged with assisting Kristopher Bradley who has denied attempting to murder 21-year-old Matthew Probert in September 2013.
The two men were granted bail and will appear in court again in February.
Mr Taylor, of Eastbourne Street, and Mr Burrell, of St Nicholas Street, both Lincoln, are accused of assisting in the attack on Mr Probert, a first team player for Scunthorpe Rugby Club.
Mr Probert had been on a night out in Lincoln city centre celebrating a team mate's birthday when the attack happened on 1 September.
A photograph taken at the scene showed him slumped against a wall with the claw of a hammer protruding from his skull.
Surgeons took an hour to remove the hammer and he remained in hospital for a week.
Mr Bradley, 22, of Kent Street, Lincoln, has denied a charge of attempting to murder Mr Probert and is due to stand trial at Lincoln Crown Court next month.