Lawrence Griffith, 26, of Kingswood, near Bristol, was at Bristol Magistrates' Court over a row with Argos staff who "disrespected" him at the Galleries in Broadmead on January 13.Not literally, we assume…
He admitted the public order offence and accepted the £100 fine and £85 costs but exploded when told he must also pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Magistrates tried to explain that the charge was mandatory and did not go to the complainant – but to no avail.Some people just don’t learn.
Griffith, of Landsdown Close, was released from the dock by the court's legal advisor but directed another insult at the magistrates and was detained by the court usher outside.
He returned and apologised but when the victim surcharge was addressed he again flew into a rage and told magistrates they just "see what you want to see".The courts won’t tolerate this sort of thing, surely even the dimmest member of the underclass should have cottoned on to that by now.
Griffith was repeatedly warned about his behaviour and contempt of court but continued to shout and swear until three prison officers arrived to take him down to the cells.
Defending himself, Griffith said the female member of staff had "disrespected" him.Heh. If you say so.
"She made me out to be stupid and a liar," he said.
"Of course I was angry and I swore at them because they made me look stupid."