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Schizophrenic who thought world was alien computer simulation detained under mental health act for attempted stabbing

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

Christopher Leyshon

Christopher Leyshon

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A SCHIZOPHRENIC computer design graduate has been detained under the mental health act after he attempted to stab a policeman with a 12 inch kitchen knife.

Christopher Leyshon, 29, was found guilty at Gloucester Crown Court of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to PC Edward Dawkins.

Leyshon, of Ashmead Road in Cinderford, attempted to stab PC Dawkins in the chest and head at his mother Elaine Morgan’s house in Fieldcourt Gardens in Quedgeley.

Officers were called there just after 7am on September 10 last year, after Mrs Morgan became concerned that her son’s condition had deteriorated and he had threatened to stab the family cat with a pair of scissors.

The attack happened while PC Dawkins was trying to convince Leyshon to leave his mother’s house.

In the attack, PC Dawkins fell over backwards and the knife caught him on the side of the nose and chin and tore his body armour in the chest area.

During his trial, Gloucester Crown Court heard Leyshon said he believed that aliens were in control and the whole world was a computer simulation.

At Bristol Crown Court yesterday, where sentencing took place, The Honourable Mr Justice Nigel Teare was asked to impose a hospital order, detaining Leyshon under the Mental Health Act.

If detained under section 37, Leyshon would be released when medics discharged him.

But he was detained under section 41, which means his release will be the decision of the Secretary of State.

Mr Justice Teare said: “This offence was a most serious attack with a knife.

“The offence for which you’ve been found guilty had the potential to cause serious harm indeed.

“Two psychiatrists have identified the need for treatment of your disorder.

“I have to balance these considerations against the matters mentioned by the psychiatrists.

“It’s necessary for the protection of the public from serious harm that there be a restriction order, under section 41.”

Leyshon is to be treated at Fromeside secure mental hospital, where he has been since November.

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  • Mudbox  |  July 31 2014, 7:01AM

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