Bulwell man misses court date on ‘doctor’s orders’

A man banned from Bulwell after he was accused of harassment is unable to attend court because he has suffered a stroke.

Patrick Adkins (48), of Bakewell Drive, Top Valley, is charged with intent to cause Michelle Staniford harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or insulting words of behaviour.

Adkins denies the offence, which is said to have happened at Catherine Close, Bulwell on Tuesday 11th December 2012.

When he first appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, he was handed bail conditions that excluded him from Bulwell, prohibited him from contacting Miss Staniford and ordered him not to go within 100 yards of Top Valley Comprehensive School.

However, Adkins could not attend the latest hearing this week because of doctor’s orders.

“Mr Adkins has suffered a stroke, so the trial cannot go ahead today,” explained Susan Gregson-Murray (defending).

“He has been discharged from hospital, but is under the care of the stroke team, who are visiting him regularly at his home.

“He was planning to be here, but rang me to say his GP had told him he must not attend court because he was not fit enough.

“The GP said it was too risky for him because he was still in a critical condition. He cannot walk properly, and has to use a frame.”

David Miles (prosecuting) accepted the view that if Adkins had suffered a stroke, he needed to avoid stress.

The case was adjourned until Monday 31st March.