Drenched on the bench - prisoner hurls a jug of water over the magistrates who jailed him

MAGISTRATES got a soaking when a defendant threw a jug of water over them after they sentenced him to three months in prison.

Tariq Wilson, 38, picked up the jug and drenched the bench as he was taken from court.

Witnesses at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court in Halifax said that as he hurled the water at JPs Neil Making, Leone Murty and Diana Buckley, Wilson yelled: “What are you going to do about that?”

Wilson, of East Bylands, Illingworth, Halifax, had been representing himself for breaching a community order.

After he was restrained by security staff, he was brought before magistrates again – after they had retired to dry themselves off – to face a charge of contempt of court.

The court heard the water mostly covered two of the magistrates “rendering them extremely wet”.

Andrew Vanzie, defending the contempt charge, said: “He accepts his behaviour was contemptuous, without thought, extremely rash and clearly unwarranted.

“He feels quite embarrassed about what happened. He has had custodial sentences before and not acted in this way.

“It came as a shock to him that a custodial sentence was imposed.”

Wilson said: “I did it without even thinking. It didn’t register in my head until after I had thrown it.

I am very sorry for what I did. Very sorry.”

Chair of the magistrates Neil Making said: “This is about more than what happened. Whether it’s us or anyone else it’s the thought of being assaulted, for want of a better word.

“The thought of what could have happened had you not kept hold of water jug, the consequences to those involved.

“We don’t send people to prison lightly. I hope you will accept our assurance that what we’re about to do is not vindictive or about revenge - the guidelines on contempt are quite clear.

“Because you have apologised we are going to add seven days to your existing sentence.”

As he was taken into custody Wilson said: “I’m sorry, again.”