New wait for justice

FAMILIES and friends of the two youngsters mown down in Fore Hamlet in May were today told they would have to wait until Christmas to hear the fate of their killer.

FAMILIES and friends of the two youngsters mown down in Fore Hamlet in May were today told they would have to wait until Christmas to hear the fate of their killer.

The move came because health bosses failed to complete a report on Zulfcar Ali in Chelmsford prison – and a health boss is to be summoned to explain the delay in person to Judge John Devaux.

About 30 people had been expected at Ipswich Crown Court today to see Ali, of Boyton Road, sentenced for the manslaughter of 15-year-olds Scott Towler and Dean Bloomfield on Bishops Hill.

Ali also admitted two charges of dangerous driving on May 30, when he had a lethal cocktail of cocaine and heroin in his bloodstream.


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Judge Devaux remanded Ali in custody when he admitted the charges during a court hearing in early October and he was due to be sentenced today.

However the psychiatric report Judge Devaux ordered has not been written and it appears that Ali has not even been seen by a psychiatrist at Chelmsford prison.

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Judge Devaux said the prison had eight weeks, two more than is usual, to prepare the documents.

He said there would be a special hearing at the court next Thursday at 10.30am, when the Health Care Manager would be expected to attend to explain why the report is not ready and when it is likely to be ready.

Judge Devaux provisionally fixed December 22 as Ali's new sentencing date.

He heard that around 30 people wishing to hear the conclusion of this case were contacted yesterday to be informed of the changes.

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