Thursday, 19 April 2012

Interpreter left in tears after outburst at Rochdale trial

April 19, 2012

The 59-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, shouted: "I have a question," from the dock as one of his co-accused, takeaway worker Qamar Shahzad, was giving evidence from the witness box, adding: "This interpreter is terrible. They have only got half of it. How can we get justice?" The outburst left one of the two interpreters working in the trial, who had been standing beside Mr Shahzad, sobbing. Judge Gerald Clifton warned the 59-year-old about his conduct in front of the jury, saying he would spend the rest of the trial in the cells if there was a repeat. The trial was halted briefly for the interpreter to compose herself.

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