217. Defendant neither convicted nor acquitted.

Where:

  1.  

    (1)     proceedings for an offence or offences are started1 against a defendant2 but are not concluded3;

  2.  

    (2)     he absconds4; and

  3.  

    (3)     the period of three months (starting with the day the court believes he absconded) has ended5,

and

  1.  

    (a)     the prosecutor applies to the Crown Court to proceed