Sentencing adjourned after missed meeting

A man has appeared in court charged with threatening members of hospital staff, children and patients in Wigan.

Mark Turner, of York Street, Radcliffe, was due to sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to two charges of using threatening language or behaviour and one of theft from a shop for stealing £2.50 worth of alcohol.

But as he had missed an appointment with the probation service for a pre-sentence report to be prepared the sentencing was adjourned until April 14.

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The court heard that the last time the 47-year-old had appeared in court he had only just come out of hospital after suffering a head injury and a broken jaw and had to go back in afterwards for further treatment.

Lorna Wincote, defending, said: “A notice about the appointment was sent out to the defendant but Mr Turner did not receive it, possibly because he was in hospital but I also think that it was not sent to the right address.”