Notorious Thief and Drug User Caught on Camera Disrespecting Court Process: Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court Takes Swift Action

A notorious thief and habitual drug user, Joe Hutchings, arrived at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court with a blatant disregard for the law. As he puffed on a joint and urinated on the side of the building, he was caught on camera by a court security guard.

Hutchings, a 31-year-old resident of Hextable, had been charged with a string of offenses, including 13 counts of shoplifting, possession of an offensive weapon, and failing to surrender to custody. Despite admitting to some of the charges, he continued to engage in criminal behavior, even while awaiting his court date.

However, upon arriving at the courthouse, Hutchings’ actions were met with swift consequences. District Judge Stephen Leake immediately put his case on hold, citing his blatant disregard for the court process. Hutchings’ brazen behavior included smoking a joint and using his phone while entering the courtroom, which the judge deemed as disrespectful.

After several cases were heard, Hutchings was brought back into the courtroom, where he apologized for his earlier behavior. The court then heard about Hutchings’ extensive history of theft, including multiple incidents at a local Co-op and Morrisons Daily. He was also caught with a black-handled kitchen knife and verbally abusing someone in Lewisham.

Despite being bailed out on multiple occasions, Hutchings failed to appear in court, further demonstrating his lack of respect for the law. His erratic behavior has even led to a previous sectioning, indicating deeper issues at play.

In light of these circumstances, Judge Leake decided to adjourn sentencing and ordered a pre-sentencing report on Hutchings. He will return to court on April 22 to face the consequences of his actions.

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