New jail time for rapist in es­cape

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COURT LEAP: Tout A RAPIST who fled from court mo­ments af­ter be­ing found guilty has been handed an ex­tra six months in cus­tody.

Bradley Tout jumped from the dock and went on the run for four days.

He then handed him­self in to be­gin a seven-and-ahalf year sen­tence for rape.

And yes­ter­day he pleaded guilty to a charge of es­cap­ing from law­ful cus­tody at Worces­ter Crown Court.

Judge James Tin­dal said the 20-year-old had ex­hib­ited “panic and, bluntly, cow­ardice” as he ran from court.

The judge told Tout, of Worces­ter: “What­ever was go­ing through your mind as the jury reached their ver­dict, ul­ti­mately you have to have re­spon­si­bil­ity for what you did.

“I ac­cept this was never a planned es­cape. You were blithely ex­pect­ing the jury to say ‘not guilty’ when they said ‘guilty’.”

Im­pos­ing a six-month con­sec­u­tive sen­tence for the es­cape, the judge added: “There has been a furore about this case – a furore which is re­gret­table and ob­scures the se­ri­ous­ness of the orig­i­nal of­fence.”

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