Tuesday, 19 July 2016

"court’s struggle to find an interpreter"


[…] This was dropped, however, after magistrates decided that Opoku, who was unable to speak English, simply didn’t understand what the officers were asking.
Wayne Hardy, defending, said: “Mr Opoku fully accepts he was in a drunken state on Sunday evening and he accepts his behaviour was disruptive when the police were trying to sort out the situation.”
Mr Hardy described his client as “a writer with no regular income who lives hand-to-mouth each day as it comes”.
Opoku was given a £90 fine and told that the two nights he had already spent in custody, due to the court’s struggle to find an interpreter, was enough time served.

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