Hospital order after drunken attack

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A WRAGBY man attacked his mother’s partner after being rebuked for playing loud music, Lincoln Crown Court was told last Tuesday, May 3.

Carl Cooper, 25, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, attracted complaints from neighbours concerned about the noise from his mother’s home in Wragby.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Cooper’s mother and her partner Douglas Clarke, 68, arrived at the house and Mr Clarke unplugged the music system.

During an incident that followed, Cooper punched Mr Clarke on the nose and then approached the pensioner with a knife.

Mr Clarke tried to run but was struck a blow which left him collapsed on the ground and bleeding from his forehead.

Cooper was then restrained by a number of members of the public until the emergency services arrived.

He later admitted he had been drunk.

Cooper, of The Oaklands in Wragby, admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon as a result of the incident on November 12.

He was made the subject of a hospital order under section 38 of the Mental Health Act.

Gareth Weetman, defending, said Cooper was unaware of his mental illness at the time and had been drinking and smoking cannabis which worsened his mental health.

He said: “The experts agree that his condition is amenable to treatment.

“There has been excellent progress since his admission to hospital.”