Hucknall man who beat partner is receiving treatment

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A Hucknall man accused of assaulting a woman has received treatment at a personality-disorder centre, a court heard.

Tony Roy Bicker (34), of Lime Tree Road, pleads guilty to beating Sally Shaw at Beeston on Saturday 2nd November.

No details of the offence were relayed when Bicker appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court this week.

But the court was told that, since the attack happened, he had spent time living at the centre at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell, which treats patients with mental health problems.

And District Judge Tim Devas agreed to a recommendation by probation officers that the case be adjourned so Bicker could undergo a further period of assessment.

Stephen Burdon (defending) said hostel accommodation was now available for the defendant in Hucknall.

“He has made significant progress at Highbury Hospital and there appears to be commitment and determination on his part,” commented Mr Burdon.

“If this assessment doesn’t work, then he knows the option might be custody.”

Mr Devas told Bicker: “Custody is possible because of your previous convictions. Therefore it is worthwhile investigating an alternative way of dealing with this.”

The district judge adjourned the case for 12 weeks until Thursday 20th February.

Bicker was granted bail on condition that he does not contact Sally Shaw and lives wherever he is directed to do so by the probation service.