Self-representing defendant appearing via video-link from Wood Green police station to Highbury Magistrates’ Court Prosecutor: Mr X is in a relationship with the victim and he was at the victim’s address and they were having a drink. It was his birthday, in the early hours of the morning he asked his girlfriend to come in […]
‘It wasn’t just that, it was to live’ Gillette shoplifting drugs user tells judge before asking for help
Appearing via video-link from Holborn Police Station, defendant almost instructs free-solicitor before choosing to get the case dealt with himself. Judge: Do you want to speak to the duty solicitor? Defendant: If there is one then I’ll speak to on now Judge: OK we’ll put your case back Defendant: Actually I don’t want one now […]
Teen charged with fracturing doctor’s skull with a hammer in unprovoked attack on tube two days before Halloween
7 November, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court A teen accused of fracturing a doctor’s skull with a hammer in an unprovoked attack two nights before Halloween has appeared in court. Jamel Walker, 18, allegedly attacked three passengers with a claw hammer between Walthamstow and Seven Sisters stations just after 8pm on Thursday 29 October. Walker first […]
Three alleged drug dealers were caught with more than 100kg of cocaine, a court heard. Scaffolder David Green, 30, Barry Wilkinson, 50 and Darrel Logan, 26 and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with conspiracy to supply 104kg of the class A controlled drug. District Judge Nina Tempia said: ‘This does appear to be a […]
An estranged husband allegedly put a GPS tracker in his ex-wife’s car to covertly follow her, a court heard. Rachid Seddat, 50, caused his ex-wife ‘extreme distress’ by allegedly following her to take pictures and send her threatening messages. The ex-husband denies stalking his wife using the tracker, saying it was already on her car […]
‘This is not fair’ says officer as defendant couldn’t hear his own court hearing, but judge continues – to save him the journey from Lewisham to Bromley
A police officer interrupted a video linked court hearing because the sound quality was so bad it wasn’t fair on the defendant. James White, 18, was video linked to Bromley Magistrates’ Court from Lewisham police station where he was in custody on 28 May.
‘I don’t understand,’ pleads Spanish speaking burglar who couldn’t hear his own sentencing due to remote tech
A South American burglar pleaded that he could not understand his own court hearing yesterday as he was sentenced to six months for a residential raid worth over £3,000 yesterday. Roberto Fiorentino, 39, did not have a translator or solicitor when he first appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court charged with an August 2019 burglary.
Builder with broken English refuses lawyer and without interpreter somehow admits he punched bouncer in 2017
A builder who punched a bouncer in the face appeared in court without a lawyer or interpreter and had to have the word ‘guilty’ explained to him. ‘You do not want to be represented, is that correct?’ The legal advisor asked…
A drunk driver carried on drinking out of booze-smelling Fanta bottle while speaking to driver he crashed into.
Are virtual courts damaging defendants’ right to a fair hearing? Visiting a magistrates’ court with Transform Justice founder Penelope Gibbs
Most accused criminals now no longer go to court, they appear from ‘video booths’ at police stations. They may never meet the solicitor representing them in face to face. The judge deciding their fate sees them on a screen perched on the wall of the court. Virtual justice in the age of ‘social distancing’: no […]
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