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Confusion leads to court report not being produced
5:10pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A JUDGE was told a pre-sentence report may not have been carried out on a defendant because of a case of 'computer said no'.
Kevin Bulmer was due to see a probation officer in Dorset after he was convicted of assaulting his aunt in Swindon.
But when the 24-year-old turned up at their offices he asked to see the wrong person, and rather than being told who he should see he was sent away.
And when the mistake was realised he was led to believe he would get another appointment, but was never contacted.
Tony Bignall, defending, told Swindon Crown Court his client was told a letter would be sent by the probation officer he is seeing for other matters.
He said when he turned up he had asked to see that person, expecting she would be writing the report, rather than a colleague who had been tasked to do it.
The judge was told that as a request for a second appointment did not appear to be on the computer, no letter was sent out.
John O'Hara, of Wiltshire probation service, told the court: "It may be a case of 'computer said no' and so nothing happened.
"It seems sometimes we rely too much on technology and not enough on common sense and you have my apologies for that."
Judge Euan Ambrose adjourned the case to Thursday October 31 and released Bulmer, who is living in Ferndown, Dorset, on bail until then.
He had pleaded not guilty to a charge of actual bodily harm on his aunt in the Westlea area last November but was convicted at trial.