There was no translator present in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court today, and as a result a Bulgarian and Ukrainian accused of theft will spend the next two days at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Christopher Birch had no choice but to remand 25-year-old Anton Tihomirov Nedev and Ruslan Vladimirovich Leskev, 35, after a translator was unable to attend their hearing today.
Only Nedev speaks English.
He is charged with being in possession of one Spanish driver’s licence belonging to Raimundo Severiaria Pablo and one ministry of interior card for use in connection with criminal deception.
Leskev, a Ukrainian, is charged with engaging in money laundering and being in possession of $7,580.
Both offences took place on April 1, 2016.
The two handcuffed men sat nervously in the docks of Court No.3 of the Supreme Court, which is temporarily housing the St Philip court.
As they waited for the translator to arrive to read the charges, they were seen frequently communicating with their attorney Mohia M’aat.
However, once it became clear that the translator would not be able to attend, Birch remanded the two men until April 7.