THE sentencing of a 22-year-old man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a food store manager in the stomach has been adjourned until tomorrow (Tuesday).

Kyle Andrew Paladino, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court in November to the offence.

His sentencing was due to take place this afternoon (Monday, January 13) following an adjournment last month.

However, it has been rescheduled until tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Emergency services were called to Farmfoods on Boundary Road at around 3.45pm on Saturday, October 19 to reports a store manager had been stabbed in the stomach.

Paladino was arrested the following Tuesday in Newton-le-Willows and charged by police.

He has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

He also admitted to charges of possession of a knife and theft of a jar of coffee at Farmfoods in relation to the incident.

At November's hearing, judge Brian Cummings QC said the court would have to consider "dangerousness" and acknowledged Paladino has not previously served a sentence "approaching the one in prospect" adding "there needs to be a report".

Judge Cummings said to Paladino: "I have heard what has been said. You have pleaded guilty to all the charges. The next stage in the court process is sentencing.

"You remain in custody, obviously the time you spend in custody will count towards the eventual sentence.

"What that sentence is will be a matter for the judge to decide on that occasion.

"I'm sure you appreciate it will be a substantial custodial sentence."