A 42 year old Blackpool man accused of burgling a shop in Eastcombe, near Stroud, is to be given the chance to view police helicopter footage of the incident before making his plea to the charge at Gloucester crown court.
Jason Sparrow of George Ave, Blackpool, is charged with breaking into the Eastcombe Stores shop on 7th March with intent to steal. He is also accused of handling a stolen Audi car owned by Glyn Weeks on the same date and driving the car in South Cerney without insurance.
At a virtual hearing conducted by Skype at the crown court today because of coronavirus restrictions Mr Sparrow was due to enter pleas to the charges but Judge Michael Cullum ruled that because he has not yet seen the aerial footage of the alleged offences taking place he should have a chance to do so first.
Mr Sparrow dialled into the hearing by phone from his home and was told by the judge that attempts would be made between him and his lawyer Alun Williams to arrange a viewing of the video without breaching coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The judge, Michael Cullum, said the footage covered a vehicle being driven along with the boot open.
“The footage is an important plank of the prosecution case,” he told Mr Sparrow.
“It might be for the benefit of everybody if you were given the opportunity over the next few weeks of being able to see that footage,” said Judge Cullum.
The judge adjourned the plea and case preparation hearing till June 8th for that to be done.
Prosecutor Janine Wood said forensic evidence relating to footwear was also pending but it may be several weeks before it is available.
Judge Cullum said if Mr Sparrow does plead not guilty to the charges in due course it will probably be November or even December before a jury trial can be held.