The trial of a 32-year-old man accused of deliberately throwing a glass at a woman in a Cirencester pub and injuring her has had to be delayed by seven months today because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gary Edwards, formerly of Cirencester but now of Benham Hill, Thatcham, Berkshire, pleaded not guilty last September to wounding the woman with intent to do her grievous bodily harm and his trial was due to begin today at Gloucester crown court.
But because all jury trials have been suspended to comply with social distancing measures during the Covid-19 crisis, Judge Michael Cullum ruled today that the hearing can now not begin till November 18.
At a virtual hearing today via Skype, the judge asked the prosecution whether it still intended to pursue the charge or, in view of the long delay now necessary, it might accept Mr Edwards’ plea of guilty to a less serious charge of unlawful wounding without intent.
He was told, however, that the prosecution view is not likely to change if the victim still supports the prosecution and is prepared to give evidence.
Judge Cullum asked for that to be confirmed to the court formally by June 5 so arrangements for the delayed trial can go ahead.
The charge relates to an incident on December 12, 2018, at the Crown pub in Cirencester when a glass was thrown and hit the victim.
The judge was told at today’s hearing that there is CCTV of the incident and it is to be digitally enhanced in time for trial.