Woman who set herself on fire must wait for sentence

Yamkala Sapkota leaving court last year

Yamkala Sapkota leaving court last year

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A JUDGE was unable to sentence a Nepalese woman who set herself on fire – because no interpreter could be found.

Yamkala Sapkota, 30, poured white spirit over her clothes and set herself alight because she was upset at failing her driving test for the fourth time.

After admitting reckless and culpable conduct last year, Lord Bannatyne told Sapkota she would be admonished if she stayed out of trouble.

But when her case was called at the High Court in Livingston yesterday, Sapkota – who speaks very little English – turned up, but the interpreter booked by court officials failed to show.

On June 28, 2011, firefighters using breathing apparatus managed to rescue Sapkota, who was semi-conscious after suffering burns to her face, back and arms, from her flat in Gordon Street.

Lord Bannatyne adjourned the case until Friday at the High Court in Edinburgh.2