Memory loss prompts adjournment

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A 24-YEAR-OLD Little Steeping man accused of handling stolen goods had his case adjourned because he could not remember enough to defend himself.

Michael Watling appeared before Skegness Magistrates Court last Tuesday charged with receiving £900 worth of agricultural products on July 26, 2011.

Mark Hudson, defending, said that Watling was currently in prison and had started experiencing ‘acute memory loss’.

He said: “That puts me in a difficult position because he cannot defend himself, when I spoke to him last Thursday he didn’t even know what his plea would be.”

Mr Hudson asked for an adjournment until Watling could undergo a brain scan to determine the problem.

Magistrates agreed that it would not be right to proceed and adjourned the case until May 17 for an update on Watling’s condition.