Steve was granted bail today at Nottingham Crown Court, at the third application. A massive relief to his family, this move at least ensures he will get medical attention and breaks the cycle of closed ‘in chambers’ rulings that have blighted his case from the start. The Judge on the day appeared to accept that Steve was not a threat to anyone, however the ludicrous charge of ‘threatening to kill’ is still hanging over him. Police have not so far informed the alleged ‘victim’ of any plot against him, and cannot seem to find them, demonstrating how seriously they actually take this. The ‘Threatening to Kill’ offence is an archaic piece of Law dating back to 1860, when presumably this signalled some sort of ‘Duel’ might be in the pipeline. It carries a potential 10 year sentence if convicted.
Steve plead guilty as he was advised that he would not get a custodial sentence if he agreed to this, and would be given a ‘community service order’ and released to a private address instead. He will be under strict bail conditions and report to the probation service, and will now have a criminal record, making it very unlikely he will get a job in the near future. Back to square one then, and a great piece of work by Atos.
He is due to reappear before the Crown Court in 3 weeks for sentencing.