Rochdale man who repeatedly stabbed headteacher with screwdriver detained until he is deemed safe

Date published: 11 February 2020

A Rochdale man who repeatedly stabbed a headteacher with a screwdriver in a frenzied attack must remain detained in a mental health unit until he is deemed safe to be released, a judge has ruled.

Mark Pierson repeatedly stabbed his neighbour Gillian Kay on the driveway of her home in Thornham on 25 April 2013.

The headteacher, then 39, was stabbed three times to the face and neck with a screwdriver and was airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital.

Mr Pierson was arrested in his home a short time afterwards.

He had previously been deemed unfit for trial following a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

Previously, the jury, asked to decide whether he had attempted to kill Mrs Kay, wasn’t satisfied he had attempted murder.

Members then unanimously concluded he had committed grievous bodily harm and Mr Pierson was ordered to be detained indefinitely.

The case was heard at Manchester Crown Court on Monday 10 February, where Mr Pierson was given a Hospital Order under S37 of the Mental Health Act 1983, with restrictions under S41 of the Mental Health Act 1983, until further order.

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