8 August 2017
No translator for Eston 'dirty takeaway' accused - so solicitor downloaded Google Translate app
A solicitor had to download Google Translate after a woman accused of operating a dirty takeaway was left without a translator in court.
Mandarin-speaking Xiu Ping Yang is accused of multiple food hygiene breaches at the Golden Wok, in Eston High Street, which was ordered to close after inspectors found “serious risks to public health”.
But a “breakdown in communication” was blamed for no interpreter being hired for Tuesday’s Teesside Magistrates’ Court hearing.
Solicitor Joan Smith then downloaded the app in order for the bench to tell the 34-year-old her case was being adjourned.
Unrepresented Yang arrived in court clutching a plastic bag stuffed full of papers, but was told via the app that she would need to return on September 25.
And proceedings heard the case must be heard by a district judge due to Yang facing an unlimited fine if convicted.
The mum, of Eston’s Windsor Road, is yet to enter pleas to nine charges relating to findings last June. […]