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 stated he retains being referred to as the unsuitable identify.

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

Showing on display 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, informed Sheriff Kenneth Maciver he had been requested by his shopper to go 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 looks like he has been denied medical therapy throughout the jail,” he informed 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”, stated he had been “coughing up blood”.

Mr Jenkins informed the court docket his shopper was “continually known as one other individual” whom the 35-year-old insists he’s not.

The person is claimed to have faked his personal dying 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 girls elsewhere in america.

Nevertheless, the person claims he’s a sufferer of mistaken identification, 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 in opposition to him would proceed.

The court docket was informed additional work wanted to be completed on the case earlier than it may 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 informed the person, who had represented himself, had instructed a solicitor to take the case on.


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