Lancaster University academic faces attempted murder charges

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A Lancaster University academic has appeared in court facing two charges of attempted murder.

Kerry Fenton is charged with attempting to suffocate a six-year-old boy in July last year.

Whilst on police bail for that offence she is now alleged to have tried to strangle the same alleged victim on February 22 this year.

Fenton has a master’s degree and for the last eight years has headed the post graduate study unit at Lancaster University.

Before that she worked at the University of Central Lancashire.

The 43-year-old from St Michael’s Road, Kirkham, was dressed all in black when she made a two-minute appearance before magistrates in Blackpool.

The court remanded her in custody and she will next appear before Preston Crown Court on March 18 when her lawyer Brett Chappell said a bail application would be made.

The first charge relates to an incident in Kirkham and the second an incident in the village of Warton near Preston.

Fenton is currently suspended from university duties.

The alleged victim in the case cannot be named for legal reasons.