17-year-old Wakeem Philpott will remain in custody after pleading not guilty in yesterday’s [Aug 9] Plea Court to four charges stemming from an incident on Tuesday [Aug 7] in Magistrate’s Court #4.
Philpott, at the time in custody in the prisoner’s enclosure inside the Courtroom, is alleged to have broken out of the enclosure, run through and damaged the gate that separates the public from the lawyer’s desks, and run out of the Courtroom into the hallway.
He was allegedly caught by security guards who returned him to Courtroom 4 and to the prisoner’s enclosure. Once back inside the enclosure, he is alleged to have struggled with two police officers.
The action resulted in Philpott facing four charges. Escaping lawful custody, willfully damaging a Magistrate’s Court door, and using threatening words to two police officers. At the time, in Courtroom 4, Magistrate Edward Bailey was presiding.
Philpott pleaded not guilty to all four charges. He was represented by lawyer Simon Payne and Mr Payne asked that the matter be dealt with expeditiously as Philpott was scheduled to re-appear in Court 4 on another matter.
The Crown objected to bail and on these four matters, Magistrate Tyrone Chin remanded into Philpott into custody and gave him a trial date of 16th November 2012.
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