Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By TONY LITH­GOW


A BUR­GLAR was handed a stinker of a sen­tence af­ter he FARTED in the dock!

Pals of Christopher Cook started snig­ger­ing in the public gallery when the 20-year-old let rip a gust of brown air.

But Judge Peter Moss failed to see the joke when Cook joined in the tit­ter­ing – and added 20 hours un­paid work to his sen­tence.

Cook, of Reigate, Sur­rey, had ap­peared in court to al­ter the terms of a pro­ba­tion or­der handed down for an of­fence of bur­glary.

But, at Guild­ford Crown Court, Judge Moss pointed out that the de­fen­dant had failed to com­ply with part of his com­mu­nity sen­tence.

Then Cook made a loud rasp­ing fart in the dock, to the amuse­ment of him­self and his friends in the public gallery.

But Judge Moss thought the de­fen­dant’s be­hav­iour stank.

He told Cook: “I was go­ing to sen­tence you to 100 hours un­paid work. But I’m go­ing to give you an ad­di­tional 20 hours be­cause of your at­ti­tude.”

Be­fore his rude in­ter­rup­tion of the pro­ceed­ings, Cook had ar­rived at court smartly dressed in a suit, hop­ing to im­press the judge.

But the rec­tal re­port blew a hole in his ef­forts.

A pal of Cook said out­side court: “It was bad lucky re­ally – how do you not chuckle when some­one farts in such a se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion?”

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