Court places man in mental health institute after attack

York Crown Court
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A Scarborough man has been placed under an indefinite hospital order after admitting wounding a woman in a drunken argument.

David McPherson, 47, of no fixed address, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but York Crown Court heard his violent record stemmed from drinking.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told how on August 14, last year, McPherson had been drinking with others in a Scarborough flat when an argument developed and he armed himself with a kitchen knife, slashing at his victim. She ended up with two small cuts which required hospital attention, and bruising to her cheek.

The court heard that McPherson has served custodial sentences in the past for violent offending, also having convictions for harassment and threatening behaviour.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, presented the court with two psychiatric reports in which the doctors agreed that McPherson is suffering from the treatable mental health problem.

Mrs Turner added that McPherson pleaded guilty to the wounding charge some time ago, being desperate to make a clean breast of the matter.

Passing the hospital order, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told McPherson, who has been on remand in Hull Prison since the offence, that he was being placed in a Leeds mental health institution for his condition to be treated.

He added that McPherson’s eventual release from the order would be down to the doctors treating him.