THE court hearing involving a charge of dangerous driving against former Warwickshire magistrate Alan Marks has been adjourned again.
At Birmingham Crown Court today the judge, Recorder Andrew Smith, was told that further documentation involved in the case was needed before the hearing could proceed.
Mr Marks – who was involved in the so-called “Costa Coffee Crash” in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon on 23rd April 2012 – appeared at the court for what had been scheduled as a hearing for the airing of legal arguments.
His previous court appearance in Birmingham was on 29th November last year when proceedings had to be postponed so that key information could be provided.
A new hearing has now been fixed for Friday 16th May.
During the incident in 2012 a car driven by Mr Marks mounted the pavement by the Costa Coffee café at Market Cross in Stratford.
Several people were injured and required hospital treatment, including Mr Marks himself.
After an investigation lasting several months Warwickshire Police announced that there would be no prosecution because of “insufficient evidence”.
The decision not to prosecute prompted the newly-elected police and crime commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball, to ask for a review of the decision.
A further investigation then took place – again lasting several months – and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) eventually announced that Mr Marks was being charged with dangerous driving.
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