Neighbour beat man in own home

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A MAN has been locked up indefinitely under mental health laws after attacking one of his Doncaster neighbours in a break-in.

Scott Blackie, aged 34, broke into his neighbour’s flat last year, but took nothing away from the property during the raid.

However, he carried out an attack on the 50-year-old man who lived there.

Sheffield Crown Court was told Blackie attacked the man, who was in his own home, with a piece of metal.

His victim sustained cuts and bruises to his arm and head.

The court heard he was struck with a metal baton during the attack.

Police were called to the scene and arrested Blackie.

He was convicted by the court of aggravated burglary.

The attack and break-in was committed at Sarrius Court in Cantley, Doncaster, on Monday, April 30, last year.

Blackie, also of Sarrius Court, Cantley, is now set to be kept in a secure mental hospital indefinitely after the court handed him a hospital order without a time limit.

South Yorkshire Police’s investigating officer in the case, PC Della Leasley, said the victim had done nothing to cause the attack.

She said: “This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent man, who suffered injuries.

“The gravity of the incident is reflected in the sentence he received.”

She declined to comment further on the case.

Courts have the power to order people to be kept in secure hospitals instead of jail under section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Two doctors have to have told the court that they think the defendant needs to be in hospital.

Once they are admitted, they are given a course of treatment.

They cannot leave unless the doctor in charge of the their care gives them permission.

If they try to leave, the staff can stop them, and bring them back.

It also allows for doctors to give patients medication against their will.