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Life sentence for gunman who shot Leeds policewoman

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A gunman who shot a policewoman in the face was last week sentenced to life imprisonment, a year to the day since a jury convicted him of attempting to murder PC Suzanne Hudson.

James Leslie, 39, was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years in prison after shooting the officer at point-blank range through the door of his flat in Headingley.

Leslie was reported to have fled the scene on a bike, laughing as his victim lay bleeding in the street. PC Hudson, 33, later underwent life-saving surgery for injuries to the arteries in her neck.

The jury also found Leslie guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
After the shooting on December 4th, 2013,

Leslie has undergone psychiatric assessment since his conviction and has been placed in a high security psychiatric hospital.

He has been diagnosed with a personality disorder, one which he was suffering from at the time of the shooting, his barrister Alex Cameron told the court.

The defendant had also pleaded guilty to an offence of arson two days after his arrest when he set fire to his prison cell and admitted to assaulting a prison officer who was sent to deal with the blaze.

Mr Justice Lindblom ruled Leslie continued to pose a serious risk to the public and said that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

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