Man wanted to flee courtroom

Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19
Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19

Drama unfolded in a courtroom when a Beeford man was told he would receive a prison sentence.

Thirty-year-old Robert Rhodes stood down form the dock and headed for the courtroom door, saying: “I’m not going to jail!”

Chairman of the bench Graham McDonald ordered him to come back, warning he would be in contempt of court if he left the proceedings at East Riding Magistrates’ Court.

Mr McDonald said: “Hear us out! Hear what we have to say!”

It was only when Rhodes was told that magistrates had intended to suspend the sentence - rather than send him to prison there and then - that he returned to the dock.

“It seems as if your previous prison term worked - you don’t want to go back!” said Mr McDonald.

“No I don’t!” said Rhodes.

“Well if you do one more thing and I guarantee you will!” said Mr McDonald.

Rhodes, formerly of Beverley Road, Beeford, had pleaded guilty to criminal damage of a door at the home of his partner.

Prosecuting, James Byatt said the woman was in “massive fear” when Rhodes, who was “in drink” began kicking and banging at the door following and argument.

Following an earlier hearing, The Probation Service had prepared a pre-sentence report on Rhodes, but magistrates felt the recommended sentence was too lenient.

Mr McDonald noted that Rhodes had threatened to kill the woman, but Rhodes denied that. Rhodes, who was unrepresented at the hearing, gave his new address as Ash Court Drive, Hornsea. He has now paid for the door, the court was told.

The 12-week prison sentence was suspended for one year, and he must also complete 12-months supervision with the Probation Service.

“You will do as you are told in this court, do you understand?” added Mr McDonald.