xtradition proceedings for an alleged US fugitive who is alleged to have faked his personal demise to flee intercourse fees have been delayed for an additional week after he instructed a brand new solicitor.
US prosecutors say the person is Nicholas Rossi, who allegedly raped a 21-year-old in Utah in 2008 and can be alleged to have attacked girls elsewhere in america.
Nevertheless, the 35-year-old man claims to be known as Arthur Knight, a sufferer of mistaken identification who has by no means been to America.
He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court docket on Wednesday afternoon through video hyperlink from HMP Edinburgh the place he has been remanded in custody following his bail refusal final month.
Info from Mr Knight has been haphazard.I’ve had no alternative to look at the earlier minutes from the case.
The person has instructed solicitor David Kinloch to characterize him all through the extradition listening to however Mr Kinloch requested Sheriff Christopher Dickson for proceedings to be delayed for an additional week as he has “little skilled information” of the case.
It’s understood Mr Kinloch has additionally utilized to the Scottish Authorized Help Board (SLAB) for funding to sanction junior counsel with extra information of the case.
Mr Kinloch mentioned the knowledge he had obtained from the 35-year-old was “haphazard”.
He mentioned: “Info from Mr Knight has been haphazard.
“I’ve had no alternative to look at the earlier minutes from the case.”
The person alleged to be Rossi tried to lift issues about his medical remedy inside HMP Edinburgh with Sheriff Dickson, however each he and Mr Kinloch agreed it was “not the discussion board” to look at them.
He had beforehand claimed he had inadequate oxygen ranges whereas in custody at HMP Edinburgh, however these had been beforehand discovered to be ample.
The person is alleged to have faked his demise and fled to Scotland to evade the rape cost.
After a failure to look at a earlier extradition listening to, he was remanded in custody the place he stays.
Sheriff Dickson agreed to proceed the listening to till August 18 and the person was remanded in custody within the meantime.