Monday 21 August 2017

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

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.

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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