A gardener who allegedly blackmailed, threatened and defrauded pensioners as old as 95 failed to appear in court today as he is now suffering from psychiatric problems, according to his barrister.Of course he is!
Mr Butler said that in the conferences he has had with his client Mr Brown is “unable to cope” .
He said: "Mr Brown is not a healthy man in appearance in any event. At a conference three weeks ago he brought the significant bag of medications he takes."So..? I bet his alleged victims could club together and produce an even bigger bag!
Mr Butler said that since no progress could be made due to Mr Brown’s illnesses at this time, a date for a provisional trial should be confirmed for January 2015.
But Mr Crorie, prosecuting, argued that the case should be heard sooner as it involves 21 witnesses - many of them elderly.
He said the eldest and most significant of them is 95 and another is a wheelchair-bound 92-year-old in ill-health.It couldn’t be that Mr Butler & Mr Brown are hoping to run out the clock to get the list of victims whittled down by ‘natural wastage’, could it?