Sentencing date set for Leeds man convicted of shooting police officer

James Leslie.

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SENTENCING of a Leeds man convicted of shooting a police officer on his doorstep has been rescheduled for December.

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

She needed emergency surgery on arteries in her neck and her right hand was badly damaged by shotgun pellets.

Leslie, of Cardigan Road, Headingley, was convicted of attempted murder following a trial at Leeds Crown Court in July.

After his conviction, a sentence date was set for today and later taken out of the court lists.

Leslie was not present when a hearing was held at Leeds Crown Court today to fix a new sentence date.

The court heard more time is needed to prepare psychiatric reports.

Leslie is now due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on December 18.

PC Keith Palmer

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