Sentencing on Greenfield man delayed

A GREENFIELD man has to wait four more weeks before learning his fate on several charges.

Jonathan Fidler was set to be sentenced today at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts.

But further analysis being needed on substances found in his home, including possible explosives, meant the 20-year-old’s sentencing was delayed until March 11.

Defence barrister Steven Sullivan also said facts in reports are wrong according to the defendant’s mother and asked for consideration to be made for an alternative to a prison sentence.

Fidler, of Grove Street, was charged after an incident on Ladhill Lane in Greenfield on Friday, November 16.

He has already 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.

But Judge Tina Landale, while apologising for the delay, made it clear a jail term is highly likely.

She said: “I’m sorry to tell you I can’t sentence you today.

“Your mum says some things in the report are not correct, so that needs sorting out and also your barrister wants to see if there may be an alternative to a custodial sentence.

“I’m not making any promises. Obviously, it’s very serious and it’s likely you will get a custodial sentence but we’re going to have a look at it.

“The prosecutor also says they found some other things and we’re looking at it to find out exactly what it is.

“It may turn out to be something, it may turn out to be nothing.”

Judge Landale also told prosecuting barrister Lisa Boocock that forensic results are needed by the end of the month.

Fidler was further remanded in custody but was told this extra period would be taken into account if he is given a prison sentence.

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