A MAN charged with a burglary in Worcester did not attend a hearing to dismiss the charges.

Paul Capuvanno, of Mortimor Row, Bradford, had submitted the application for dismissal of charges that was scheduled to be heard at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.

The 49-year-old is accused of breaking into a house in Britannia Square on October 24 last year and was charged by police for the offence on November 9.

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But at the start of the hearing Capuvanno’s defence barrister William Dudley told Judge Nicholas Cartwright that his mother had contacted the court to say he would not be attending as he was in hospital, adding she had not told court staff what he was in hospital for.

Judge Cartwright asked, as it was an application to dismiss, whether it could be heard in Capuvanno’s absence.

But Mr Dudley replied: “It his application, which is plainly important for the defendant to be here for.”

Mr Dudley added that if the judge was to take his note to the court on face value, it was reasonable grounds for his non attendance.

The judge relisted the application hearing to be held on Wednesday, March 11.

The judge added he would require a note from a medical practitioner before February 21 to support Capuvanno's absence, or he would consider issuing a bench warrant.