Asperger’s man now homeless and guilty of dangerous driving

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Storming out of court when a case didn’t go his way added to the problems that have piled up for a 24-year-old Bulwell man.

For Ben Wilson is also homeless and is being treated at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell for Asperger syndrome, which is a form of autism, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

His case at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court arose from charges of dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance -- all at Alnwick Close in Bulwell on Thursday, August 13 last year.

Wilson denied the offences, but was found guilty after a trial last month and left the hearing without contacting the probation service, which meant his sentence had to be delayed.

“After his conviction, he was quite upset,” said his solicitor, Vicky Clayton, mitigating, at the latest hearing. “He also hadn’t taken his medication, which caused issues.

“He has had a number of difficulties, in particular losing his accommodation. His girlfriend moved back to her mother’s address, but he doesn’t have a good relationship with the mother, so he has been staying with friends.

“He is seeing a support worker and also his GP at the Riverside Centre in Bulwell, and is trying to sort things out.”

Miss Clayton applied for a further adjournment in Wilson’s case, so that a psychiatric report could be prepared by the team at Highbury Hospital, to go alongside a probation report.

Deputy District Judge Richard Marshall agreed, but made it a condition of his bail that Wilson co-operated fully with both reports. He will next appear at court on Tuesday, June 14.