De­fen­dant changes plea after in­ter­rupt­ing court

Macclesfield Express - - TWEETGATE -

A DE­FEN­DANT changed his plea twice and shouted from the dock in a dra­matic court ap­pear­ance for be­ing drunk and disor­derly.

Colin Knowles, 40, told Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates court he was be­ing ‘shafted’ as he stood in the dock to face the charge.

The de­fen­dant, of Athey Street, Mac­cles­field, ini­tially pleaded guilty to the charge re­lat­ing to an in­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 8 last year in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

But after hear­ing the pros­e­cu­tion’s case, he shouted from the dock that he wanted to change his plea to not guilty, in­sist­ing he dis­agreed with the ver­sion of events.

After in­ter­jec­tions from the court clerk and a warn­ing from mag­is­trates about his be­hav­iour in the dock, Knowles changed his plea back to guilty and mag­is­trates sentenced him for his crime.

Prose­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said: “It was about 6.20pm when of­fi­cers at­tended an in­ci­dent on Ch­ester­gate.

“They saw a male walk­ing away from a group of peo­ple fur­ther down the road who has been iden­ti­fied as the de­fen­dant.

“Another of­fi­cer was talk­ing to this group.

“One of­fi­cer went to speak to the de­fen­dant but he be­came abu­sive and volatile.

“PC Nixon went to help her.

“The de­fen­dant was drunk and started to shout abuse at PC Nixon.

“He was taken to the ground and ar­rested.”

De­fend­ing him­self, Knowles said: “want to change my plea to not guilty after what she said. That’s not what hap­pened.

“was drunk but it wasn’t on Ch­ester­gate.

“was talk­ing to the young lady here with me at court to­day.

“was talk­ing to her on Bridge Street and walked away.

“They grabbed me straight away and threw me to the ground.

IIII“I’ve changed my mind. I’m not be­ing kan­ga­rooed, I’m go­ing to get shafted.”

The clerk asked Knowles to clar­ify his plea and mag­is­trates warned him to stop in­ter­rupt­ing the court.

The chair­man said: “Mr Knowles, will you please wait for peo­ple to stop talk­ing be­fore in­ter­rupt­ing.

“It’s part of the ju­di­cial process that we hear the ev­i­dence put for­ward here and you have your op­por­tu­nity to have your say.

“If you don’t be quiet I’ll send you down to the cells un­til you can give the court the re­spect it de­serves.”

The de­fen­dant then changed his plea again, say­ing: “I’ll go guilty, let’s just get this over with.”

He said noth­ing in de­fence of the charge be­fore be­ing fined £40 and or­dered to pay £85 costs and a £20 vic­tim sur­charge.

Knowles said: “This is a kan­ga­roo court,” as he left the room.

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