A MAN has been given another chance to obtain a pre-sentence report – after he failed to get the letter from the probation service in time.

Manjit Multani, 41, of Bailbrook Lane, Bath, had been expected to be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on Friday for assault causing actual bodily harm and witness intimidation in Trowbridge. The offences date back to 2018 and 2019.

But Alex Daymond, defending, asked Recorder Roger Harris to consider adjourning the case for a further opportunity for his client to be interviewed by the probation service for a pre-sentence report.

Probation officer Michelle James told the court the letter with an appointment date had been sent to Multani on December 30.

But Multani maintained he hadn’t received the letter until February and after the date he had been due to speak to probation via WhatsApp.

Mr Daymond said his client had previously been working well with probation, although his engagement had tailed off more recently. He was a sole carer for his parents.

Prosecutor Charles Digby said: “This case has been going on so long that I don’t suppose an extra month or so would make a difference.”

Recorder Harris adjourned sentence to March 25 at Swindon Crown Court.