Teenager who threatened Lincoln Crown Court judge detained

A teenager who threatened a judge with violence has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institution.

Alexander Hayward, 18, was being sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court for handling a stolen laptop computer.

Judge Michael Heath said he was sure Hayward would have tried to hurt him if he had not been in a glass panelled dock.

Hayward, of no fixed address, was put in contempt of court for the "tirade".

Sentencing Hayward, Judge Heath told him: "You used foul and abusive language towards me, not just once but a tirade, and then threatened me with violence which I have no doubt you would have attempted if it was not for the glass partition."

Hayward was also abusive to a court clerk during the outburst on Wednesday.

Judge Heath, who adjourned the case for two days, added: "When the clerk of the court put the breach to you, you used foul and abusive language towards him. The court will not tolerate that."

He admitted the contempt charge and also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

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