Published: 13:00, 24 August 2017 |
Updated: 15:30, 24 August 2017
A man who launched a ferocious verbal assault from a crown court dock, screaming: “Who are YOU to tell me what to do?" has got his answer.
Jordan Wills' angry outburst was directed at the judge - who promptly jailed him for two weeks for contempt of court.
The 22 year old was appearing in a case at Canterbury Crown Court when he lost his temper.
Earlier he had been blowing kisses at a girlfriend sat in the public gallery but then began getting angry.
Judge Simon James on two occasions told him his bad language would not be tolerated, and Wills retorted by calling him a “p***y”.
As security officers fought to restrain the defendant during his verbal onslaught, Wills, formerly of Dickson Road, Dover, continued to shout obscenities.
As he was taken away to the cells, he tried to burst into the courtroom shouting: “I love you” at his girlfriend before being pulled away by more security guards.
He was left in the cells for a couple of hours and told he was being charged with contempt of court.
"Your conduct was wholly unjustified and completely unacceptable" - Judge Simon James, to Wills
Later he reappeared handcuffed to a guard in a more secure dock, and then apologised for his contempt.
His lawyer, James Ross, said Wills had misunderstood what had been happening in court and allowed his emotions to take over and “it tipped him over the edge”.
Jailing him for four weeks for the contempt and a breach of bail, the judge said the personal insults “were just water off a duck’s back” but he had a duty to maintain the dignity of the court.
The judge told him: “Your conduct was wholly unjustified and completely unacceptable.”
He said that while the loss of temper was understandable, the threats and abuse would not be tolerated.
He added: “You asked me: ‘Who are you to tell me what to do?’
“Well I am the judge and I am tasked with maintaining the dignity in courts. I accept your apology but I need to make it clear to you and others that such behaviour is not going to be tolerated.”
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