Man accused of abusing Pakistani men could not be sentenced because he suffers ‘psychotic blackouts’

A 24-year-old man in UK who racially abused a group of Pakistani men could not be sentenced Friday because it is said that he suffers psychotic blackouts and needs a psychiatric assessment.

Ryan Gobey of Cheltenham — a town in Gloucestershire, England, has admitted racially aggravated threatening behavior towards three Pakistani men on Carter Road last month (May 3) as well as having a bladed article with him.

Defense attorney Steve Young told Gloucester Crown Court that his client needs to be properly assessed due to issues that cause him to lose self control.

Mr Young asked the judge to adjourn sentencing so Gobey can be seen by the mental health team to assess the reasons behind him being unable to control his temper.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC accepted that Gobey needed to be seen by the mental health team and referred him to Andy Webb, Psychiatric Nurse for further assessment.

He told the defendant “This is a serious offence and no doubt the consequences have been explained. However, if you have a mental health issue it is a different kettle of fish.”

Gobey will return to court for sentencing on July 28.

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