Friday, 21 August 2020

"an interpreter could not be found"

21st August

Sentencing of men involved in "million pound" Cumbrian cannabis factory postponed

The sentencing of two men involved in the operation of a “million pound” west Cumbria cannabis factory has been postponed - because an interpreter could not be found to assist one of the men in court.


Both men, who are Albanian nationals, were due to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday but the case was adjourned as no interpreter had been provided for Braculla, who speaks little English, despite a request being lodged with an agency.

“I will be making specific enquiries of the agency to ascertain why it has not been possible to provide an Albanian interpreter,” said Judge Nicholas Barker. “It seems to me to be wholly unsatisfactory that one is not here which has led to a delay to this matter.”

The hearing has been adjourned until September 7, with Leka and Braculla remaining in custody until that date.

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