Alleged US fugitive claims he’s ‘coughing up blood’ in jail

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man who insists he’s not a wished fugitive has complained about his care in jail and mentioned he retains being referred to as the improper title.

The 35-year-old, who claims to be referred to as Arthur Knight, however whom US prosecutors have mentioned is definitely rape-suspect Nicholas Rossi, appeared through video hyperlink at Edinburgh Sheriff Court docket on Thursday within the newest stage of his extradition battle.

Showing on display screen from HMP Edinburgh, the place he was in a wheelchair and sporting an oxygen masks, the person repeatedly complained about not having the ability to hear proceedings.

Ross Jenkins, representing the 35-year-old, instructed Sheriff Kenneth Maciver he had been requested by his shopper to cross on considerations about “his bodily wellbeing and psychological wellbeing”.

Miranda Knight, the spouse of the defendant, arriving at Edinburgh Sheriff Court docket (Andrew Milligan/PA) / PA Wire

“He requested me to state that he seems like he has been denied medical remedy throughout the jail,” he instructed the court docket.

“He feels he wants pressing medical consideration and that the jail are denying him from this,” and added that his shopper, whom he known as “Mr Knight”, mentioned he had been “coughing up blood”.

Mr Jenkins instructed the court docket his shopper was “continuously known as one other particular person” whom the 35-year-old insists he’s not.

The person is alleged to have faked his personal demise and fled to Scotland to evade a rape cost.

Prosecutors in Utah have accused him of raping a 21-year-old in 2008, and he’s additionally alleged to have attacked ladies elsewhere in the US.

Nonetheless, the person claims he’s a sufferer of mistaken id, and says that he has by no means been to America.

In the course of the 22-minute listening to, the person’s spouse sat in the back of the court docket to take heed to how proceedings towards him would proceed.

The court docket was instructed additional work wanted to be completed on the case earlier than it might progress additional.

The person will subsequent seem in court docket on September 1, and Sheriff Maciver remanded him in custody.

Earlier this month, the court docket was instructed the person, who had represented himself, had instructed a solicitor to take the case on.

A Scottish Jail Service spokesperson mentioned: “The well being and wellbeing of those that stay in our institutions is of paramount significance.

“Nonetheless, we don’t touch upon particular person prisoners.”

For steering, since 2011, well being care providers inside SPS institutions have been delivered by NHS Scotland.


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