Grantham court: Friend takes place of translator in court

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A Romanian man who admits theft and attempted theft of more than £2,000 worth of chewing gum and other items from two supermarkets had to rely on his English speaking friend to translate in court when no interpreter turned up.

Ionut Dumitru Nae, aged 31, from Burnaby Road, Coventry, had pleaded guilty on November 24 to attempting to take £900 worth of gum and other items from Morrisons in Stamford, and then stealing more packs of chewing gum, champagne and other products totalling £1,500 from Grantham’s Asda.

Both offences were committed on November 21, and on his first appearance before Grantham magistrates Nae was given a curfew not to leave his Coventry home between 7pm and 7am, ahead of the preparation of a pre-sentence report and his sentencing due on December 22.

However Nae has yet to attend an appointment with probation, and he appeared before magistrates with a friend translating that his case would be adjourned to January 19. Nae also had his requirement to report daily at a Coventry police station, which he has been complying with, amended to the central branch between 7am to 9am.