Woman play­ing ‘silly games’ angers judge

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

Mag­is­trates’ Court charged with crim­i­nal dam­age.

Her bizarre be­hav­iour came at the be­gin­ning at a busy morn­ing of cases be­ing dealt with by Judge Fan­ning in court one.

Wilkin­son was charged with dam­ag­ing a wheel clamp worth £25 be­long­ing to a man at an ad­dress in Dews­bury on Au­gust 16.

But in­stead of en­ter­ing a plea Wilkin­son, rep­re­sent­ing her­self, de­manded to know: “Why are you not wear­ing a wig or gown? “You’re not a judge, are you?” When Judge Fan­ning told her that he wasn’t re­quired to wear the at­tire in a mag­is­trates’ court, she replied: “It doesn’t look like a court­room. Can you give me your CV please?”

Wilkin­son asked Judge Fan­ning sev­eral times for his name – and the spell­ing of it – and re­fused to in­di­cate a plea to the charge.

When told that the judge would record a plea of not guilty and list the case for a trial, Wilkin­son was not happy.

She ques­tioned if the pro­ceed­ings were be­ing recorded and quizzed the usher if she was tak­ing a note of the num­ber of “wit­nesses” in the court­room.

Wilkin­son asked to read out a 30page doc­u­ment,but the re­quest was de­clined by Judge Fan­ning, who said he’d had enough of her.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers were drafted into the court as Wilkin­son re­fused to be­have and was or­dered to leave.

Judge Fan­ning told her: “You’re dis­rupt­ing the court and I won’t tol­er­ate it.

“Stop play­ing silly games and step out of the court or I’ll have you ar­rested for dis­rupt­ing pro­ceed­ings.”

Judge Fan­ning fixed the trial in her ab­sence on De­cem­ber 6.

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