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A MAN has been jailed for missing a trial after fleeing the country believing there was a £50,000 contract on his head.

David Marshall, 31, of Thornhill Road, Rastrick, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court more than a month after a warrant was issued for his arrest in December.

He had been due to face charges of driving without a licence or insurance and was found guilty by magistrates in his absence.

But he told the court, he missed his trial because he fled to Spain after police said his life was in danger.

Abdul Ali, mitigating, said: “He heard that £50,000 was put on his head – a contract had been taken out. This matter was very serious.

“Having been informed there was a serious contract out, he decided it would be in his best interest to lie low and of course anyone in that situation would do the same,” he said.

Marshall left the UK in November and remained in Spain until January.

He pleaded guilty to failing to attend court for the trial.

The court heard the driving charges related to an incident in October last year when officers on patrol saw Marshall riding a trials bike on a footpath in Highfield Road, Rastrick.

Magistrates told him to consecutively serve four weeks in prison of his suspended sentence, 20 weeks for driving while disqualified and four weeks for failing to attend court.