New jail time for rapist in escape
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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