67-year-old Stanley Sandison has been excused from appearing because of his 24-stone bulk, with Lord Bannatyne told last week by Sandison’s lawyer, Bill Adam, that he suffered from “morbid obesity”.
According to the Sun newspaper Mr Adam told the court: “As far as his GP is concerned he is physically unable to attend. The matter has to be explored fully – I really don’t think he is capable of getting to court, never mind taking part in a trial.”
Sandison is facing trial in relation to alleged sex attacks against youngsters between 1964 and 1976. The allegations are that he raped one girl when she was aged between eight and 15.
At the High Court Lord Bannatyne asked for checks to be made to find what court in the country could deal with Sandison’s “physical constraints”. He has also requested an updated doctor’s report on the pensioner’s condition.
Another hearing will be conducted at the High Court in April but Sandison is not expected to be present.