Court tantrum man: ‘I can’t stay with my mum’

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man was jailed for contempt of court after throwing a tantrum because he did not want to stay in at night with his mother.

Wayne Bamford shouted at magistrates who said they were considering sentencing him to a curfew for an offence of cannabis possession: “You must be joking. I can’t stay in with my mum. You don’t 
understand what it’s like living with her. Why can’t I just have a fine?”

Bamford was warned about his behaviour by the legal advisor at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court but he refused to shut up, shouting: “I’m not having a curfew – no way.”

He was again asked to be quiet, but Bamford replied: “I’m talking to myself,” and repeatedly interrupted proceedings by calling members of the bench and the legal 
advisor obscene names.

Magistrates then ordered him to be taken to the cells for contempt of court.

Bamford, a 28-year-old builder, of Howe Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to cannabis possession.

He was brought before the court again at the end of the morning proceedings and apologised for his previous behaviour.

He was sentenced to a 28 days’ curfew during which he must remain inside his 
address from 10pm to 7am. Bamford then put his head in his hands.

Presiding magistrate, Keith Walker, told him: “We hope you learn from this experience and if you ever find yourself in court again you act with more civility.

“Some of your language was appalling.”

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said: “There is a bit of a clash of personalities between himself and his mum, although he loves her dearly.

“He says they tend to get on each other’s nerves and he feels there could be tension between them if he is on a curfew.”

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said on August 8 about midnight police saw Bamford parked on the car park of the resort’s McDonalds and smelt cannabis coming from the 

Bamford had two bags of cannabis in the car and told officers he had bought £200 of the drug the night 
before, which would usually last him three to four weeks.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said: “He suffers from anxiety and sometimes he has to leave his home. He is concerned about having to stay within its confines if he is put on a curfew.”

Ms Mugford added that Bamford had originally used cannabis to combat depression. He was no longer suffering from depression and he had reduced his drug use. As the result of the offence he had lost his job.