A TEENAGER accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman in the back during an unprovoked attack in Somerset has appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

Eimantas Sakalauskis was brought before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil in custody today (August 27) after being arrested following the incident in the St Michael’s Avenue area of Yeovil in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 18-year-old defendant, of Glenthorne Avenue, Yeovil, was charged that on August 24 at Yeovil he attempted to murder Victoria Bradley.

He was also alleged to have had with him in a public place a bladed article, namely a knife.

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton told the court that the defendant was alleged to have carried out a “frenzied attack” on the victim.

She was stabbed three times in the back, one of which penetrated straight through her right hand.

The alleged weapon was seized by police after being dumped at a nearby allotment site.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack on a random member of the public who was simply walking home after a night out,” said Miss Lenanton.

Sakalauskis did not enter a plea to the offence and the case was so serious that the magistrates ordered him to be sent straight to Taunton Crown Court to be dealt with.

They adjourned proceedings until September 23 when the defendant will appear before a pre-trial hearing at Taunton.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody with no bail application made by defending solicitor Ray Peters.