8 June 2021
Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton's assault trial abandoned as evidence 'lost in translation'
The trial of Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has been adjourned and the jury discharged because of communication difficulties. […]
Mr Stendel was giving evidence in German, which is his first language, and an interpreter was being used in the court in Sheffield.
But after a discussion with both the prosecution and defence Judge Jeremy Richardson QC halted proceedings, saying it was becoming difficult to ensure everything was being properly translated and understood.
“When something comes down to translation, it’s just not right to just struggle on, I became increasingly concerned things were getting lost in translation.” - #Judge Jeremy Richardson QC
Before dismissing the jury he said: "There have been with Mr Stendel's evidence a multitude of difficulties."
He said Mr Stendel speaks with a "provincial or regional dialect" and was sat in a large court room causing an echo.
"A combination of those factors - the echo, the regional dialect - and the fact he was giving quite long answers, means some of his answers may have been mistranslated," Judge Richardson QC added.
"Both the translator here and the judge in the German court agreed there have been a few examples of mistranslation. That’s not fair to him [Mr Stendel], to Mr Barton and to you [the jury], because if we just went on we would be speculating." […]