A preliminary enquiry in the case of a man accused of causing actual bodily harm cannot go ahead because the “computer says no”, East Tyrone Magistrate’s Court heard.
University of Ulster student, Robert Gacek, 19, from Umgola Manor in Armagh, denies a charge of assault on a man which is alleged to have taken place on December 31 2014.
However, a prosecutor from the PPS told the court on Wednesday past that the PE could not go ahead due to “IT issues” at his department.
Deputy District Judge Peter Magill was presiding in the Dungannon court and commented “computer says no”, referencing the well-known TV show Little Britain.
“We would be better going back to quill and parchment,” the frustrated judge continued, having already been kept late by the tardy arrival of the prosecutor to court due to the floods on the roads.
“If you can put it before me in crayon, I’ll deal with it,” Judge Magill told the PPS before adjourning the case for mention on January 6.