Norfolk

Herbie Hide: Norwich boxer issued with arrest warrant

Herbie Hide (left)
Image caption Herbie Hide (left) was a world boxing champion between 1997 and 1999

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of ex-champion boxer Herbie Hide who has failed to attend court over a drugs charge.

Norwich Crown Court was told he was suffering from malaria in Nigeria.

Mr Hide, 41, was due to face allegations of conspiring to supply cocaine after being charged following a newspaper investigation.

Mr Hide was given permission to leave the country at an earlier hearing, but was now in breach of his bail terms.

The former boxer was told he would need a doctor's report if he had to miss court due to illness.

'No medical report'

His barrister Michael Clare told the court: "His wife Helen telephoned my instructing solicitor to say he was suffering from malaria and was in a clinic in Nigeria.

"Last night a doctor who said he was treating Mr Hide in Nigeria called and said he would email a medical report this morning.

"No medical report has been forthcoming yet."

Recorder Maureen Baker issued a warrant not backed for bail, saying that Hide was warned on previous occasions that he would need a doctor's report if he had to miss court due to illness.

It means Mr Hide should be arrested, detained and brought before the court at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Hide's co-defendant, Ben Sharman, 22, of Howe Lane, Poringland, Norfolk, admitted conspiracy to supply a class A drug, offering to supply a class A drug and offering to supply a class B drug.

Sharman, who was remanded in custody, denied another charge of supplying cocaine to Mr Hide.

Mr Hide, of Long Lane, Bawburgh, near Norwich, held the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title twice. He was arrested earlier this year after being filmed by undercover reporters from The Sun.

The pair are expected to stand trial in October.

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