Court rejects man’s plea to stay out of dock

A MAN refused to go into the dock in court on Monday morning - claiming it was against his human rights.

Paul John Douglas, who is accused of refusing to pay for a taxi, said the enclosed dock violated his human rights and he asked to stand at the front of the court instead.

But the court clerk refused and said the dock was fully compliant with regulations and Douglas could either go in the dock or the magistrates would deal with the case in his absence.

Douglas, of Manor Road, Eastbourne, refused and did not take part in the proceedings.

At a previous court hearing - when he was allowed to sit at the front of the dock - Douglas pleaded not guilty to making off without paying the £11 taxi fare and elected trial in front of a judge and jury at the crown court.

The case was committed to the crown court by magistrates and he will appear there on March 25.

Until then he was granted bail on the condition he does not contact Jayline Cars and go to the Giant’s Rest public house.