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Man on theft charge failed to appear at magistrates hearing after 'eating bad crab'

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 30, 2010

A MAN failed to attend a court hearing because he was ill after eating bad crab, a court heard.

A warrant was issued for Jonathan Fisher's arrest after he did not attend his trial at Torquay magistrates court.

The 21-year-old, of New Road in Teignmouth, faces an charge of theft, which he denies.

Ben Darby, defending, addressed magistrates on Fisher's behalf saying his trial started in his absence on Tuesday.

He said he could not attend the hearing because of shellfish food poisoning.

Mr Darby added: "On Monday a fisherman friend of his gave him some crab.

"He had never prepared crab before or did not cook properly or perhaps the crab was not fit for human consumption, but he was violently ill and could not attend court."

Mr Darby said that even though Fisher was still unwell he handed himself in to the nearest police station as soon as he was able and was arrested.

Fisher was ordered to attend Torquay magistrates court on Thursday for a pre trial review.

He was told to produce a medical note proving he was ill or face a breach of bail charge.

Magistrates, who remanded Fisher on unconditional bail until then, told him: "In future if someone gives you a kind gift of crab make sure you know what to do with it."

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