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Wells man awaits sentencing for string of crimes

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

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Gary Neill is awaiting sentencing

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A WELLS man facing sentence for a string of offences including public order and assault has had his case adjourned for a mental health assessment to be considered.

Gary Dean Neill, 45, of Charter Way, was brought before Somerset Magistrates in custody after being arrested when he failed to turn up for a previous court hearing.

He had already pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Tesco in Yeovil on November 11 and two counts of causing criminal damage to a mass card at St Cuthberts Church in Wells on August 4 and damaging a glass door pane at McColls in Glastonbury on July 16.

He also admitted assaulting a female police community support officer at Glastonbury on October 15 and two further common assaults on Keith Jackman and Jack Adams at Wells on August 22.

Defending solicitor Jeffrey Bannister said that Neill had not received notification of an appointment with the probation service for his pre-sentence report to be prepared.

On the date of his last court hearing he had been admitted to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton after being attacked and had been left feeling badly dazed.

Mr Bannister said a mental health report had been conducted on his client who had very complex needs and asked for a further adjournment for a full pre sentence report to be prepared.

The magistrates agreed to the request and put off sentencing until January 6 when Neill must return to the court at Yeovil.

In the meantime he was released on bail with conditions to reside at his home address and to report to the police the day before his next court hearing.

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