No bed in mental hospital for woman who attacked man

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A woman who has admitted attacking a man needs hospital care, a court has heard.

Sandra James has pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm against Mark Thomas on March 16 this year.

The attack happened in Everett Street in Hartlepool.

The 38-year-old, of no fixed abode, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of wounding with intent on the same date.

Teesside Crown Court heard the charge will not proceed to trial, with David Crook, prosecuting, stating the pleas were acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service.

During the short hearing, Judge Howard Crowson was told two medical reports have recommended James is given a hospital order.

However, the court heard there is not a bed available for her at Roseberry Park, which offers adults mental health services.

Stephen Constantine, mitigating, explained that the difficulties arose because she had not registered with a new GP when she moved, with means the place suggested for her was in the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area.

However, an expert involved in her care is due to return from leave in coming weeks and would be able to help solicitors acting on James’s behalf to resolve the issues when she returns to work.

Judge Crowson told James: “We are trying to find the best place for you to be treated and we have not found anywhere for you yet.

“Mr Crook is trying very hard, as are other people, who are trying to find you somewhere to be treated.”

He told her the case will return to the court on Friday, July 24.

In the meantime, James will be remanded in custody at HMP Low Newton.