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Tuesday 27 September 2016

British mother wins US judge backing to see son held in Trump threat

Published 23/08/2016 | 20:31

Sandford is alleged to have tried to attack Donald Trump (AP)
Sandford is alleged to have tried to attack Donald Trump (AP)

The mother of a British man accused of trying to grab a police officer's gun to shoot Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has won approval from a judge to visit her son in federal custody in Las Vegas.

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Lynne Sandford, from Dorking, was not in court for a hearing at which Michael Steven Sandford's defence lawyer said her client is in a "delicate mental state".

Mr Sandford did not speak in court.

In court filings, deputy federal public defender Brenda Weksler says her client has been on suicide watch at a US government detention centre about 50 miles west of Las Vegas.

US Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach decided that a meeting might help resolve the case. A date was not set for the meeting.

Mr Sandford is due for trial on October 3.

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