A court case involving an alleged double assault at a college has been adjourned while an interpreter is found.

Osama Osman, aged 21, of Henrietta Street, Swansea, is accused of assaulting two people at Gower College Swansea's Tycoch campus on August 28. No pleas were entered during a brief hearing before city magistrates.

Osman's solicitor, Stewart John, said that while his client had a decent level of English he would need an Arabic translator before the proceedings could continue.

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Private Eye, N 1375, 19th Sep - 2nd Oct 2014, p. 39

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A Burton man facing a charge of assault has had his case adjourned.

Anton Tolok, 27, of Curzon Way, was due to answer a charge of assaulting Dale Fessey at Burton Magistrates' Court yesterday. The alleged offence was said to have taken place on August 9.

However, magistrates at the Horninglow Street courthouse were not happy for the case to proceed without an interpreter present. Tolok did have a friend to assist him with his English, but the case was adjourned.

Tolok, whose first language is Russian but who also speaks Polish, will return to court on September 4 to answer the charge.

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A full enquiry is to be launched into why an interpreter didn't show for a Hungarian defendant in court, after a complaint by his solicitor.

Karoly Gaudi has been turned away from Burton Magistrates' Court for the second time with the problem blamed on administration staffing issues.

His solicitor, Michael Taylor, said it was 'discourteous' that no one had told him that an interpreter had not been booked and asked for an adjournment as the case could not go ahead.

Gaudi, 46, of Waterloo Street, Burton, appeared at court on Friday, expecting to enter a plea after he allegedly assaulted Eva Osvathne Siramko and Timka Horvath on July 30.

Mr Taylor said: "(My client) was interviewed at the police station on July 30. An interpreter was there and he appeared at this court last Friday (August 15) and the police had agreed with an interpreter to attend. However, by Friday they couldn't attend and so I was unable to take the matter any further and expected it to be adjourned.

 
 

"On Wednesday, an interpreter was booked for this morning. But the interpreter has told the clerk that they had to go to Peterborough Crown Court this morning and wouldn't be here until 11.30 or noon.

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