Psychiatric hospital for man who shot Nelson police woman

PC Suzanne Hudson who was shot in an incident in Leeds.
PC Suzanne Hudson who was shot in an incident in Leeds.
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A man awaiting sentence for trying to blast a police officer from Pendle to death has been transferred from prison to a high security psychiatric hospital.

James Leslie shot PC Suzanne Hudson, who was born and brought up in Nelson, through his front door as she and PC Richard Whiteley made routine inquiries at a house in Leeds last December.

Picture shows James Leslie, 37, who has been found guilty of attempted murder after he shot a female police officer in the face with a sawn-off shotgun. See Ross Parry copy RPYLESLIE :  James Leslie, 38, left 33-year-old PC Suzanne Hudson with injuries to her face, neck and hand after she went to investigate a report of prison officer on December 4, last year.  He was found guilty by jury at Leeds Crown Court today (WEDS) after three hours of deliberations. He had denied charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.  During the two-week trial, a court heard after he left the officer for dead to be tended to by a colleague, he rode off on a bike yelling to them 'Do you want some more, you pussies?'

Picture shows James Leslie, 37, who has been found guilty of attempted murder after he shot a female police officer in the face with a sawn-off shotgun. See Ross Parry copy RPYLESLIE : James Leslie, 38, left 33-year-old PC Suzanne Hudson with injuries to her face, neck and hand after she went to investigate a report of prison officer on December 4, last year. He was found guilty by jury at Leeds Crown Court today (WEDS) after three hours of deliberations. He had denied charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. During the two-week trial, a court heard after he left the officer for dead to be tended to by a colleague, he rode off on a bike yelling to them 'Do you want some more, you pussies?'

Leslie (38), of Cardigan Road, Headingley, is still to be sentenced, despite being convicted of attempted murder following a trial in July.

Leslie was brought to Leeds Crown Court yesterday where he was made the subject of an interim hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

The court heard he will now be moved from Full Sutton prison, near York, to Rampton, Northamptonshire, so he can undergo further psychiatric assessment.

The order will last three months, when Leslie is expected to be returned to court to be sentenced.

Imposing the order, Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said: “I am very concerned at this stage that he still he has not been admitted to Rampton.

“There are victims who want know what is happening. He has been convicted of serious offences.”