At­tacker has to wait for his sen­tence

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Sen­tence has been de­layed fur­ther on an el­derly pen­sioner who tried to kill a man­ager at his re­tire­ment home with a meat cleaver.

Fred Butcher was due to hear his fate in June after he ad­mit­ted in March that he at­tempted to mur­der Mina Turner.

But there have been de­lays be­cause of the 79-year-old wid­ower’s men­tal state.

Mrs Turner, 59, was left with wounds to her ab­domen, a per­fo­rated bowel and liver dam­age from the at­tack at Hengist Court in Mar­sham Street, Maid­stone, in Jan­uary. She also had frac­tured bones and per­ma­nent ten­don dam­age to a wrist.

Judge Phi l ip Stat­man ad­journed sen­tenc­ing for a psy­chi­atric re­port at the re­quest of Butcher’s lawyer Danny Moore.

It would deal with events which led up to the of­fence.

Mr Moore said when the case re­turned to court last week it had taken five months to “or­gan­ise” the re­port.

The de­fence was faced with an as­sess­ment Butcher was suf­fer­ing from a psy­chotic dis­or­der.

To dis­pose of the mat­ter by way of a hospi­tal or­der un­der the Men­tal Health Act the court would need two psy­chi­atric re­ports.

Judge Stat­man said: “It is a very grave of­fence. No doubt the vic­tim’s health will be a whole lot bet­ter when she has some com­ple­tion in her in­volve­ment in the most ter­ri­ble vi­o­lence.”

Mr Moore said Butcher, who was not present for the hear­ing, had not been trans­ferred to a men­tal hospi­tal, but was in the hospi­tal wing at Elm­ley Prison, Shep­pey.

The next hear­ing is on Oc­to­ber 26.

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