July 14, 2017
Romanian man accused of attempted rape has case adjourned - because there is no interpreter
A judge has criticised police who failed to find an interpreter so a Romanian man could follow a court case where he is accused of attempted rape.
Mihai Vasille Ciprian, 25, was brought to the cells at Nottingham Magistrates' Court but language difficulties meant he would not have been able to follow his hearing.
His defence solicitor Jenny Gerrard was unable to interview him in preparation for a hearing, which would have decided whether he should be freed on bail.
The lack of an interpreter also affected another Romanian, a lorry driver charged with breach of tachograph laws.
He was also held in custody with defence solicitor Tim Holder unable to speak to him.
District Judge Leo Pyle was forced to adjourn both cases until Monday without pair appearing before him.
He told the court: "Police are responsible for providing interpreters at first hearings for people who don't understand the language.
"This is perhaps even more important when you have very serious allegations like attempted rape and offences of dishonest use of tachographs.
"I adjourn the case until Monday morning on the basis of insufficient evidence and no interpreter."
Sanjay Jerath, for the Crown Prosecution Service, agreed to pass on the judge's concerns.
Earlier in the day, police released a statement to say Ciprian had been detained after an incident involving a 22-year-old woman near The Arboretum early on Saturday.