A MAN who attacked a deaf Port Seton man in his home after the pair met in an Edinburgh bar has been ordered to remain in hospital.
Charles Simpson punched and kicked “vulnerable” Robert Greig during a prolonged attack in the victim’s home in February last year.
The court heard that Mr Greig was only saved from his ordeal after a neighbour heard his screams for help through a wall and burst into Mr Greig’s home to help him.
Simpson, formerly of Hawick, was found guilty by a jury of attacking Mr Greig by pushing him onto a sofa, struggling with him, striking him to the head and kicking him on the body at the house on February 6 last year.
Following the trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in December last year, Simpson had been ordered to stay at a hospital in Fife for treatment of various mental conditions.
He returned to court on Monday where Sheriff Frank Crowe decided that Simpson, 34, staying at the hospital was the best option.
He issued a compulsion order – meaning Simpson will remain under the care of a medical team at the hospital until they deem him fit to be released back into the community.
Solicitor Mark Harrower, defending, said that reports prepared on Simpson by medical experts had all agreed a compulsion order was the best option.
Mr Harrower added that Simpson was currently staying at a “heavily secured” environment and with the treatment on offer he “seems to be going in the right direction”.
Sheriff Crowe said: “You obviously haven’t been terribly well and have underlying difficulties and then there’s been the drink problem which has made your health worse.
“But this [hospital] is the best place for you and it is not going to be for the rest of your life – they [medical staff] will review this order regularly.”