A judge said a Hartlepool man who missed a court appearance because 'he could not get off work' needs to learn a lesson

A man who missed court because of work needs a lesson, a judge has warned as he issued a warrant for him to be arrested.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Saturday, 7th December 2019, 3:28 pm
The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.

Hartlepool man Louis Stevenson, 26, skipped his appearance at Teesside Crown Court where he was facing motoring charges.

The judge in the case, Mr Recorder Darren Preston said: “His partner has been in touch with the court indicating that he could not get off work today.”

Recorder Preston added: “He is going to have to learn to prioritise.”

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The judge issued a bench warrant not backed for bail leading to his arrest and a pre-court spell in the cells.

Stevenson, of Dunoon Road, Hartlepool, had been committed for sentence by magistrates on charges of dangerous driving on Catcote Road, Hartlepool, on May 2, no insurance and no driving licence, and also failing to comply with bail on May 17.