AN Abingdon man accused of being controlling and coercive has had his plea hearing postponed due to a lack of legal representation.

Daniel Cannon, 46, has been charged with one count of controlling and coercive behaviour and one count of assault, ill-treatment, neglect and abandoning a young person.

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He appeared in Oxford Crown Court on Thursday (March 14) for a plea and trial preparation hearing but told the judge he had been unable to obtain representation,

Cannon, of Gainsborough Green, said: “At the moment I can’t afford legal representation and I’ve been very ill over the last two weeks.”

The court heard he is speaking to a solicitor on Monday and hopes to obtain legal aid. The case has been adjourned until March 27.