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Leona Lewis bookshop attack: Man held under Mental Health Act

A JUDGE has detained a man suffering from schizophrenia under the Mental Health Act after he admitted punching Leona Lewis in a West End bookshop.

The X-Factor winner was signing copies of her autobiography in the Piccadilly Circus branch of Waterstone's in October when Peter Kowalczyk, 29, leapt from a crowd of fans and landed a punch. City of Westminster magistrates' court heard Mr Kowalczyk shouted 'gotcha' as he landed the punch.

Judge Howard Riddle today ordered him to remain in hospital for an indeterminate period.


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