Judge criticises police over delay to Greenfield man’s sentencing

A GREENFIELD man has been forced to wait even longer for sentencing on a number of charges – and a judge has blasted the police’s actions.

Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester

Jonathan Fidler was scheduled to receive his punishment on three offences at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday, March 11.

However, he will not now learn his fate until May after he was hit with further charges and police evidence on firearms.

And Judge Bernadette Baxter made it known in no uncertain terms that she is unhappy at the delay.

Fidler, of Grove Street, pleaded guilty to being in possession of a class A drug with intent to supply after it was revealed two-and-a-half grams of cocaine was found on November 16.

He has previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a class B drug with intent to supply and section 47 assault, causing actual bodily harm.

However, he pleaded not guilty to a further charge relating to a class B substance, methylphenidate – which is more commonly known as ritalin.

It was also decided that charge would lie on file rather than Fidler go through a trial.

Fidler, 20, was arrested after an incident on Ladhill Lane in Greenfield.

But because experts from Greater Manchester Police have not yet returned forensic results, sentencing had to be adjourned until May 14.

And Judge Baxter made it clear where she feels the blame for the delay lies.

She said: “Frankly, the police response to date has been lamentable.

“He needs to know his fate, as do all those involved in the case.

“If the material is not ready, I want whoever is the supervising officer in court to explain why not.

She added to Fidler: “It is with great regret I‘m not in a position to proceed to sentence as you are entitled to know your fate.

“If the police do not do what they should, I want the supervising officer in court to explain to the court and to the public – hopefully that should concentrate everybody’s mind so it’s done by then.”

One Reply to “Judge criticises police over delay to Greenfield man’s sentencing”

  1. Seriously? A gun-toting drug dealer (potential or otherwise?) shouldn’t have to wait whilst an over-stretched force of law struggles to reach bureaucratic perfection in order to avoid him slipping out on to the streets?
    Fair play is one thing. Anti-social behaviour at this level is another. Which side is the judiciary on?

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