Nick due to stand trial next month

Nick Dunn.
Nick Dunn.

Detained sailor Nick Dunn is due to stand trial in India next month.

The 29-year-old, from Ashington, appeared at an Indian court on Monday, to find out his fate in the long-running saga.

Nick, and his 35 colleagues from the anti-piracy protection ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, have been charged with firearm offences after the ship was detained by Indian authorities in October 2013.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been told their trial will now begin on September 14.

Nick’s sister Lisa said around 70 witnesses had been found for the prosecution, with the trial – which will take place over three days a week – expected to last until October.

Lisa said: “We should find out then, either the verdict or the date in which we hear the verdict.

“They’ve managed to drag it out to the two-year point by the time he comes home.”

Former paratrooper Nick was released from prison last year while initial firearm charges against him and the sailors were dropped.

He then began the fight to have his possessions and passport returned so he could fly home, but was dealt a blow after police appealed the decision to drop the charges.

The appeal was successful and in June, Nick was told there would be a fresh trial.

Friends back home are continuing to support Nick and his family, with a fundraising page set up to help cover his living costs in India while messages of support continue to flood in on the ‘Help Nick Home’ Facebook page