Fraudster on verge of going back to prison for threats

File picture of the York Crown Court where disabled defendant Robert Newmans hearing was heard outside due to being inaccessible by wheelchair. See Ross Parry copy RPYCOURT : A disabled paedophile unwittingly made legal history when his court case was heard in open air because his wheelchair couldn't make it up the steps of a Georgian crown court. It is thought 47-year-old Robert Newman is the first man ever to be arraigned outside a court - and certainly the first of its kind for York Crown Court, in its 238 year history. The defendant arrived at The Castle site of the courthouse, in a wheelchair and could not make it up the steps. When his case was called, the Recorder of York Stephen Ashurst agreed with Newman's barrister, Glen Parsons, that the defendant could not possibly make it into the court, which opened its doors in 1777.
File picture of the York Crown Court where disabled defendant Robert Newmans hearing was heard outside due to being inaccessible by wheelchair. See Ross Parry copy RPYCOURT : A disabled paedophile unwittingly made legal history when his court case was heard in open air because his wheelchair couldn't make it up the steps of a Georgian crown court. It is thought 47-year-old Robert Newman is the first man ever to be arraigned outside a court - and certainly the first of its kind for York Crown Court, in its 238 year history. The defendant arrived at The Castle site of the courthouse, in a wheelchair and could not make it up the steps. When his case was called, the Recorder of York Stephen Ashurst agreed with Newman's barrister, Glen Parsons, that the defendant could not possibly make it into the court, which opened its doors in 1777.

A convicted fraudster who threatened to stab a witness has been told he is “right on the edge” of being locked up again.

Barry Dockerty, 29, was not long out of prison for fraud and witness intimidation, but was soon in trouble again after sending indecent images of children to an acquaintance who informed police.

Dockerty used his Blackberry to distribute the images but the recipient, who had no idea he was being sent the lurid photos, reported him to police.

He was charged with distributing indecent material, but pestered the informer to drop the charges.

When the man refused, Dockerty sent him a text warning: “You are going to get stabbed.”

In March this year, Dockerty was spared prison and given a 12-month community punishment with 120 hours’ unpaid work after he admitted three counts of distributing indecent images.

But five months later he breached the order by missing the majority of his unpaid-work sessions.

As a result, Dockerty, of Vernon Road, was back in the dock at York Crown Court on Friday to be re-sentenced for a number of offences including a £500 E-Bay fraud and witness intimidation. Recorder P.W Miller adjourned sentence to November 12.