Judge apologises after industrial action halts Rastrick man’s court sentence

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A judge has apologised to a Rastrick man after his sentence for a stabbing had to be put back because of the industrial action by barristers.

James Marriott, 26, was arrested last December after a 35-year-old man was injured during an incident at a house in Bradford Road, Brighouse.

It is understood that the complainant was taken to hospital with “non life-threatening injuries” after police attended in the early hours of December 6.

Marriott, of Tile Terrace, Rastrick, admitted a wounding charge in May and he was due to be sentenced by Judge Mark Savill at Bradford Crown Court this morning (Fri), but the protest by barristers against government legal aid cuts meant his case had to be adjourned for a week.

Marriott, who is currently remanded in custody, was brought to court from prison this morning only to be told by Judge Savill that he would not be sentenced.

Judge Savill explained to Marriott that he had asked for him to be brought into court so he could offer him an apology for the delay.

The industrial action which includes a “no returns” policy has led to barristers not covering cases for colleagues and Judge Savill explained that Marriott’s barrister was not able to attend for the hearing.

“Obviously the message didn’t get through to the prison in time and you have been brought and I am sorry,” said Judge Savill.

“Apologies, you’ve had a wasted trip...you’ll be taken back into custody and we’ll see each other next Friday.”