Burslem man sectioned after racially abusing doctor


A Burslem man has been sectioned for racially abusing a doctor and threatening to bite his face off, a court heard.

Asjad Arbab, of Rushton Road, Burslem, threatened to break Dr Stephen Tuck’s ribs, bite his face off and verbally abused the doctor, calling him a “white piece of s**t” in August 2017, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was told.

Arbab, who was not present in court due to his mental health, was given a hospital order, and sectioned under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 after being found guilty of the assault in April 2018.

He is being held in the Hatherton Centre at St George’s Hospital, Staffordshire.

The 38-year-old was also found guilty, and sectioned, for actual bodily harm after pushing a man to the ground and stamping on his leg after a parking dispute.

Dr Matthew Tovey provided the court with a psychiatry report on Arbab.

He said: “Mr Arbab has had an illness since 2003 and a number of times he has not used his medication.”

His Honour Judge Fletcher CBE said: “We have compelling evidence that this man has been the same way for a long time now.”

Arbab, who suffers from the mental illness paranoid schizophrenia, was also made the subject of a restriction order after Judge Fletcher had concerns for the public.

He said: “Due to his history of mental illness and the risks around him, it is necessary to protect the public.”


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