Cop shooter to be moved from prison to hospital

James Leslie, 37, who has been found guilty of attempted murder after he shot a female police officer.

James Leslie, 37, who has been found guilty of attempted murder after he shot a female police officer.

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A MAN awaiting sentence for trying to blast a police officer to death is to be transferred from prison to a high security psychiatric hospital.

James Leslie, 38, shot PC Suzanne Hudson through his front door as she and PC Richard Whiteley made routine inquiries in December last year.

Leslie, 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 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, in Northamptonshire, so he can undergo further psychiatric assessment.

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

Imposing the order, the 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. The judge added: “There are victims who want know what is happening. He has been convicted of serious offences.”

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