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Ash man Ian Bartlett accused of stabbing Welcome shop worker Sophie O'Brien transferred to mental health unit in Maidstone

18 February 2014
by Paul Hooper

A man remanded to HMP Elmley accused of attacking a young shop worker with a knife has been transferred to a mental health unit.

Ian Bartlett, 61, of Shipyard, Ash, was expected to enter to enter a plea to wounding 21-year-old Sophie O'Brien with intent.

But a judge at Canterbury Crown Court has heard doctors have concluded he was not fit to attend the hearing.

Police outside the Welcome store in The Street, Ash.

Officers descended on the stores in Ash. Picture: Tony Flashman

He was transferred to a special unit near Maidstone for assessment under Section 48 of the Mental Health Act.

The hearing was adjourned until April 7 to enable psychiatric reports to be prepared.

Police outside the Welcome store in Ash. Picture Tony Flashman

Police outside the Welcome store in Ash. Picture: Tony Flashman

Emergency services were called to the Welcome shop, in The Street, Ash, last month after reports a woman had been knifed.

The air ambulance also landed nearby and she was then taken to the William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, with a wound in her back and treated for a kidney injury.

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