British actor James Howson has delayed sentencing in his racial abuse trial for a third time after his lawyers told the court he was too ill to appear.
Earlier this year (12), the rising star, who played Heathcliff in a 2011 movie adaptation of Wuthering Heights, pleaded guilty to a charge of racially aggravated harassment after hurling a nasty insult at his former partner.
At a court hearing in February (12), it emerged Howson had been sectioned for a month under the U.K.'s Mental Health Act and his sentencing was pushed back to March (12), but he was a no-show at Leeds Magistrates' Court and presiding magistrate Angela Bradshaw subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest.
He was due back in court for sentencing on Monday (30Apr12), but the hearing was adjourned until 28 May (12) as he continues to undergo psychiatric treatment.
Howson's lawyer said, "The reality is that the defendant is not well enough to attend court today.
"He is under medication for a psychotic disorder."