Court hear­ing de­ferred

The Oban Times - - News -

A PEN­SIONER who was asked his name in court on Tues­day morn­ing was un­able to an­swer, and there­fore the sher­iff deemed him un­able to stand trial ac­cused of a sex­ual of­fence un­til he had a hear­ing test.

The un­usual course of events came about af­ter the de­fen­dant, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, an­swered, ‘What?’ when Sher­iff John Her­ald, at the Oban court, asked his name.

When the man was fur­ther asked to con­firm that he could hear his own de­fence agent when he spoke into a mi­cro­phone, he said: ‘Eh? I can’t hear you.’

When asked if he would take a hear­ing test, he told his de­fence agent that he did not need one.

Sher­iff Her­ald said: ‘I am not sure you are fit to stand trial. I would like a med­i­cal as­sess­ment from your GP to tell the court he be­lieves you un­der­stand what is go­ing on in court and that you can hear what is hap­pen­ing.’

The man an­swered the sher­iff by ask­ing what he had said to him and ask­ing the court to con­firm the date of his next court ap­pear­ance.

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