Man who fled court gets extra six months in jail
A man who fled from a courtroom moments after being found guilty of rape has been handed an extra six months in custody. Bradley Tout, 20, escaped from Worcester crown court after being convicted of attacking a 16-year-old girl.
He handed himself in four days later and began serving his sevenand-a-half year sentence. Tout pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of escaping from lawful custody.
Sentencing Tout, who appeared in court via a prison videolink, the judge, James Tindal, said he had shown “panic and, bluntly, cowardice” by running from court.
The judge told Tout: “Whatever was going through your mind as the jury reached their verdict, ultimately you have to have responsibility for what you did.”