Couple face jail over Valentine's Day kiss in dock at Maidstone Crown Court
A couple enraged a judge
by kissing in the dock at Maidstone Crown Court. Posed by
by Keith Hunt
Two besotted lovers face being jailed for contempt - after
they snogged in a court dock on Valentine's Day.
Dock officers attempted to keep Samson Paine and Karla Shaw
apart as they went to embrace when remanded in custody.
But 24-year-old Shaw stood on a seat, threw her arms around
stockily-built Paine's neck and planted a lingering kiss on his
The passionate encounter came at Maidstone Crown Court after
Shaw, of Manor Road, Chatham, admitted robbery and assault causing
actual bodily harm and Paine, of no fixed address, admitted
attempted robbery and possessing an offensive weapon, a knife.
Judge Charles Byers (pictured right) had admonished Paine,
25, for slouching and talking and asked for him to be taken to the
A woman dock officer stepped between the couple, but Shaw was
determined to kiss her boyfriend goodbye.
The unimpressed 63-year-old judge declared: "At the end of this
case they will be sentenced for contempt. I am not having it. They
misbehaved last time, they misbehaved this time. Unless I make a
firm stand, that will go on."
Judge Byers told the couple: "I hope it was worth it."
Shaw cheekily replied: "You don't know how worth it that was.
Happy Valentine's. Sorry." She told Paine: "I love you Sam."
After they were taken to the cells, Judge Byers told their
lawyers: "You can tell them, with my felicitations, they can look
forward to a consecutive sentence. They plainly have absolutely no
"I was married for 15 years and didn't have a kiss like that..." – male barrister
A male barrister said afterwards: "It was a smacker of a kiss. I
was married for 15 years and didn't have a kiss like that.”
Also in the dock was Christopher Stanford, 49, of Corporation
Street, Rochester, who also admitted attempting to rob Huseyin
Turkucu of cash on December 9 last year.
Shaw robbed a woman of cigarettes and cash and assaulted her on
May 20 last year.
All three were remanded in custody and sentence was adjourned
until February 22.
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