28 Oct 2012
Victim's double ordeal
THE rapists’ victim was forced to relive her ordeal twice in court – due to a bungling interpreter.
The original trial at the High Court in Glasgow had to be halted after several days when a Punjabi-speaking juror raised concerns about a translator.
Evidence was not being relayed correctly, forcing the case to be abandoned.
It meant the woman – who had already testified – had to return to the witness box.
One source: “The interpreter had been hired to do a job, but failed. It was fortunate that there was a juror who spoke the language and realised what was happening.