Badly burned man keeps court date

A MAN accused of an air weapon offence had suffered serious burns to his body when his car exploded, a court was told on Tuesday.

When Jack Bradley, 61, appeared before Harrogate magistrates on June 28 to answer two charges his solicitor Andrew Tinning said he really ought to be in hospital - not court.

Bradley, of Fairfax Avenue, Harrogate, did not enter pleas to allegations of possession of an air weapon with intent to endanger life on June 9 and drink-driving in a Mercedes A170 – a car said to have since blown up – on May 2.

Mr Tinning told court chairman John Metcalfe that Bradley – who had undergone a tracheotomy because of throat cancer – accepted courts were under pressure to progress cases and that the weapon offence, said to have occurred in Fairfax Avenue, should have been sent immediately for trial at York Crown Court.

But Bradley was not in a fit condition to instruct a lawyer on either matter. ‘‘He appears to have been involved in some sort of car blaze. A car was set alight near his home and exploded in front of him. He has suffered burns across his body,’’ said Mr Tinning.

Bradley had been treated at Harrogate District Hospital and referred to the specialist burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield on Monday where staff had wanted to admit him.

But he had declined to become an in-patient because of his pending court appearance even though he was in some distress because of his injuries.

Seeking an adjournment Mr Tinning said: ‘‘I don’t think it is fair to go through the cases with him when he is in such a state.’’

He said Bradley needed to go to Pinderfields. ‘‘He probably should be there now, but he wanted to come to court.’’

Mr Metcalfe agreed to adjourn both charges until later this month and bailed Bradley in the meantime.