Baravan Yahia, aged 26, is due to face trial on September 26, charged with taking a BMW on September 12 last year and driving it dangerously.
Yahia’s barrister, Ali Rafati, said that while his client’s English was sufficient for everyday use, he was not confident he could follow a trial.
But Judge Francis Gilbert QC said Yahia, of Durnford Street, did not need an interpreter.
“There has to be a line drawn somewhere and he’s the wrong side of it,” he said.
“At that sort of age, he must be alert enough to pick up the language.
“There has to be a limit; interpreters are expensive and cause a delay.”
Judge Gilbert also refused to allow a friend of the defendant who speaks better English to help him in court, saying the issues in the case were straightforward and the barristers could keep their language simple.