Man who fled court gets ex­tra six months in jail

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Steven Mor­ris and agen­cies

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.”

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