Doctor failed to produce report
A JUDGE has threatened to haul a general practitioner before the court and charge costs to solicitors after for failing to provide a medical report for a sentencing hearing over a collision in Runcorn.
The defendant David Dean, 43, of All Saints View, Leeds, was due to find out his punishment for causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, in connection with a crash on Daresbury Expressway in Runcorn on March 31.
Despite the matter having already been adjourned from a hearing on November 16 for the doctor to provide a report confirming the timing of a diagnosis of sleep apnoea, no report was to be found.
His Honour Judge Patrick Thompson adjourned the case for enquiries to be made into what had happened to the report.
The court heard the letter requesting information was on the doctor’s desk but he was not in at the time.
Judge Thompson adjourned the case to January 19 for mention with a request for any confirmation that sentencing could go ahead to be made by January 12. The case followed a collision involving a van and car reported to Cheshire police at 6.14am on Thursday, March 31. Daresbury Expressway was shut in both directions during the emergency response.
Judge Thompson slated the wasted time caused by the absence of the report.
He said: “I will adjourn this to January 19. All reports must be before the court by that date. I would like an explanation from the senior partners and solicitors.
“What I have in mind is making a costs order.
“In relation to the general practitioner, if there’s no report available by January 19, he will be summonsed to court to explain why not.”