Man who attacked police officer with axe sent to secure psychiatric hospital for 15 years

Nathan Sumner was sentenced in Sheffield today Credit: Ross Parry

A man who attacked a police officer with an axe has been sent to Rampton Secure Psychiatric Hospital for 15 years.

Nathan Sumner was found guilty of grevious bodily harm with intent in October.

During sentencing, the court heard Sumner has schizophrenia. His counsel said the illness was affected by his use of cannabis, but argued that the cause of attack was his underlying mental illness.

Sumner was described as having been 'profoundly mentally ill' at the time of the attack on PC Lisa Bates. He said he heard voices in his head, telling him to kill.

PC Bates with the Olympic torch Credit: South Yorkshire Police

In a victim impact statement, Lisa Bates said she doesn't know if she will be able to return to frontline policing following the incident, which occurred after she had spent 13 years as an officer. Her injuries forced her to cancel her wedding and honeymoon.

PC Bates was left with fractured skull and broken leg after Sumner and attacked her repeatedly with an axe. Her finger was almost severed in the incident.

South Yorkshire Police issued the following CCTV footage from cameras in the local Coop, where Nathan Sumner fled following the attack: