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Court Proceedings Delayed To 'Translate' Defendant's Geordie Accent

James Dawson

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Court Proceedings Delayed To 'Translate' Defendant's Geordie Accent

Proceedings at a Scottish court were delayed as staff said they needed to 'translate' evidence provided by a defendant from the north-east of England.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that Crown Office staff could not understand words of accused Denis Boyd due to his 'very, very strong Geordie accent'.

Mr Boyd, 38, denies sexually assaulting a woman in 2016.

Sheriff Gillian Wade agreed to schedule an extra day in the case and added that she was not going to 'rant and rave' at the delay.


Mr Boyd's defence agent, solicitor Nicky Brown, told the court her client had taken part in a recorded interview with police and that a DVD had been produced for the court.

However, staff were unable to decipher what he was saying, meaning that large sections of the interview had not been transcribed.

Perth Sheriff Court. Credit: Google Maps


Solicitor Nicky Brown, defending, said: "There is a difficulty with the transcript of his police interview.

"The difficulty is that the accused has a very, very strong Geordie accent and part of his response is missing.

"It is not just part of it, but substantial parts of it. I will need to go through it with him and put in the responses which are missing.

"It is the accused's position that he gave information to the police at the time. We will view the DVD of the interview and make a draft to give to the Crown and the court."


Prosecutor John Malpass added: "That is the current position with the transcript. There are large tracts of the interview missing."

He is accused of attacking a woman on Victoria Street, Perth. Credit: Google Maps

Sheriff Gillian Wade told the court: "I appreciate there has been a disclosure issue, but I am not going to rant and rave about it because that is not going to help.


"In the first instance, the Crown have to make sure disclosure is made in time.

"There is clearly a problem with the DVD and both parties need to know what is said at the interview. The problem has been identified.

"I am not going to get anyone into trouble. I will continue on a joint motion for a further first diet for the missing responses from the DVD to be inserted into the transcript and for the transcript to be agreed."

Mr Boyd is alleged to have carried out the sex attack on Victoria Street, Perth, on 29 August 2016.


Source: BBC

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: newcastle, court

James Dawson
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