22 February 2013
[...] "Duong Van Nguyen, who cannot speak English, had his first formal court hearing yesterday in connection with a cannabis farm which was found at a flat in Sunderland Road, South Shields, last Thursday.
Yesterday was the 19-year-old’s fourth time at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court since then, but no progress was made on the other occasions because there were no interpreters available at court."
21 February 2013
[...] "But the 19-year-old’s case was adjourned because there was no interpreter at court for the Vietnamese and it was relisted on Monday.
No translator was at court that day and the court adjourned again until yesterday – when the same thing happened.
Nguyen, of no fixed abode, was due back before magistrates today when an interpreter was booked for a 2pm appearance. […]
Kayleigh Helens, defending, told the court that she had managed to speak to the defendant – using an interpreter over the telephone – and explained what was happening.
She said: “The situation is regrettable. I hope it is resolved tomorrow.”