A career criminal will serve longer in jail after telling a judge to shut up and calling him ‘sunshine’.A ‘career criminal’? Well, yes. He has 120 previous convictions…
The disruptive behaviour of Henry McGrath, who represented himself during an earlier trial, led Judge Patrick Eccles to find him in contempt of court.
McGrath was last month given a four-year sentence having been convicted of five counts of handling stolen goods, four charges of making off with fuel without payment and a theft.Can’t we find an island somewhere, to transport these wastes of oxygen?
The 55-year-old was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday for his contemptuous behaviour following the often-interrupted two-week trial, which culminated in McGrath’s refusal to leave his cell to hear the jury’s verdicts or his sentence.
In a note handed to staff, he wrote: “Trial judge, see you and your friends in the Court of Appeal.
“If you can deny me justice I can deny you my presence. OK, yah?”
Sentencing McGrath for the contempt, Judge Eccles said: “It seems to me, there being no evidence of contrition, there must be a sentence of imprisonment.I’m sure that’ll teach him a lesson.
“The matter is so serious it can only be dealt with in that way and it must be consecutive (to the existing four-year term).
“The sentence I pass is one of six months.”