Man detained under Mental Health Act for grabbing girl at school

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
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A man who grabbed a girl in the grounds of a West Suffolk school has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Steven Fidler, 36, of Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds, was seen to jump over a bush and land near a group of children on December 3, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday.

Hugh Vass, prosecuting, said Fidler had told the girl that she appeared to be lost and said ‘I’ll take you where you need to be’.

Police alerted by a 999 call from the school arrested Fidler nearby where he was acting ‘bizarrely’.

Mr Vass said that following the incident the girl told police: “I thought he was going to put me in a bag and steal me like robbers do.”

Fidler pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour.

The court heard that originally he had been charged with attemped abduction and Judge John Holt ordered that charge to lie on file.

Following his arrest, Fidler’s behaviour gave police cause for concern and he appeared ‘jumpy and irritable’, said Mr Vass.

Fidler told officers that he had killed a friend with an 
axe and chopped up the 

Appearing for Fidler, Lindsay Cox said he had been diagnosed as suffering with schizophrenia and was receiving treatment with which medical staff said he was co-operating.

Mr Cox said the friend who Fidler told police he had killed with an axe was in court supporting him.

Judge Holt said he was 
satisfied that Fidler was 
suffering from a mental illness and made a hospital order 
under the Mental Health 

Fidler has also been made subject to a restraining order forbidding him from going within 50 yards of any primary school.