Court contest postponed after it emerges defendant is on holiday in Romania

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A judge said there was a “not insignificant expense” to bringing interpreters to court after a contested hearing at Ballymena Magistrates Court due to have been heard on October 25 was cancelled at the last moment when it emerged the defendant was on holiday in Romania.

Florin Dorin Lapadat (24), of Clarence Street, Ballymena, is accused of making off without paying for fuel on June 7 and June 9 this year.

The first matter on the charge sheet did not give an amount but the second charge is listed as being in connection with £6.46 of fuel.

District Judge Nigel Broderick urged defence lawyers to let the courts know in advance if their clients will not be present so interpreters could be stood down.

Previously at the court on October 18 it was heard a Romanian interpreter had been arranged for the court contest on October 25.

On October 25, Judge Broderick adjourned the case to November 8 and said if the defendant is not present then an arrest warrant would be issued.

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