The sentencing of a Rhyl man who carried an axe and a lock knife into a Chester bank has been delayed for a fourth time.
Ryan Seddon, who admitted walking into Barclays on St Werburgh Street last October armed with the blades, told Chester Crown Court that he wanted to be jailed indefinitely. The 23 year old wanted to be shot dead by police at the time of the incident.
But the court decided to adjourn the case again because ongoing psychological tests are still to be completed on Seddon, who has mental health issues. Instead, he was ordered to return to hospital for a further four weeks.
Replying to the defence’s plea for an indefinite jail term, Recorder Patrick Thompson said: ”It’s not what the defendant wishes, it’s what the court thinks is best. It’s a matter for the judge who sentences the case once his assessment is completed. It seems very important all enquiries are made. It’s a very, very serious case, somebody going into a bank with a weapon.”
The Recorder told Seddon: “I understand you wish to be sentenced as soon as possible but it’s important that the court has all the information before sentencing this matter. The doctor feels further assessment is necessary. Hopefully that will be completed within the next three months. Any judge dealing with your case, it won’t be me, will want to have the information before it before deciding on the appropriate sentence.”
Seddon was again remanded in custody until Monday 8th June.