Sheffield 'axe attack' - Jury retires to consider attempted murder charge

Nathan Sumner denies trying to kill Sheffield PC Lisa Bates
Nathan Sumner denies trying to kill Sheffield PC Lisa Bates
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A jury has retired to consider whether or not a mentally-ill man tried to kill a Sheffield police officer with an axe.

Sheffield Crown Court has heard Nathan Sumner, aged 35, of Plowright Close, Gleadless Valley, attacked PC Lisa Bates with an axe during a psychotic episode on the evening of April 13 this year.

Sheffield PC Lisa Bates

Sheffield PC Lisa Bates

Sumner has pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm but denies two other charges - one of attempted murder and an alternative count of causing GBH with intent.

The court heard closing arguments from Sumner's defence barrister before His Honour Judge Julian Goose QC went over what the court had heard during the two week trial.

Judge Goose QC sent the jury out to consider their verdicts around 12.45pm.

The jury will decide if Sumner is guilty or not of attempted murder and to consider an alternative count of GBH with intent.