New Indictment for alleged Sheffield axe attacker

By Jake Hamilton

A fresh indictment has been made for Nathan Sumner, the man allegedly responsible for attacking a Sheffield police officer with an axe last month.

Sumner, 36, Plowright Close, Gleadless, faces a revised two count indictment of the attempted murder of PC Lisa Bates and production of cannabis after prosecution barrister Mr. Green pointed out that 12 of the 13 counts were of assault.

His Honour Judge Goose QC changed the indictment at a preparation hearing last Friday when he told the court, “It seems to me unnecessary to have a total of 13 counts. All of that seems to me to be part of the background.”

Nathan Adrian Sumner appeared on video-link from HMP Wakefield and only looked up to confirm his name and agree to a trial date. Sumner wore a grey T-shirt and gold chain. He is to remain in custody until his trial on October 13.

PC Lisa Bates and another officer were injured after responding to a domestic incident in the Gleadless area of the city on 13th April.

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