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Man who fled court after being found guilty of raping girl, 16, given longer sentence

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A rapist who fled from court after being found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl has been given a longer jail sentence.

As the jury reached their verdict, Bradley Tout, 20, jumped the dock and ran out of Worcester Crown Court in October.

He handed himself in four days later, and was given an extra six months on top of his seven-and-a-half year sentence, after pleading guilty of escaping from lawful custody on Friday.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file photo issued by West Mercia Police of Bradley Tout, a rapist who fled from Worcester Crown Court moments after being found guilty in October, who has been handed an extra six months in custody. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 9, 2018. See PA story COURTS Rapist. Photo credit should read: West Mercia Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Bradley Tout, 20, jumped the dock after a jury found him guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl (Picture: PA)

Tout caused chaos at the court on October 3 – and was long gone by the time a security worker apparently tripped and was injured during efforts to find him.

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Sentencing Tout, who appeared in court via a prison video link, Judge James Tindal said the 20-year-old had exhibited panic and, bluntly, cowardice as he ran from court.

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The judge told Tout, of Durham Road, Ronkswood, Worcester: Whatever was going through your mind as the jury reached their verdict, ultimately you have to have responsibility for what you did.

I accept this was never a planned escape. You were standing there, blithely expecting the jury to say “not guilty” when they said “guilty”.

In the heat of the moment you bolted, you ran, you caused chaos in the court building and it may well be someone tripped and fell in the aftermath of it.

Imposing a six-month consecutive sentence for the escape offence, the judge added: There has been a furore about this case, Mr Tout – a furore which is regrettable and obscures the seriousness of the original offence.

FILE PICTURE - GV of Worcester Crown Court. See SWNS story SWMDrapist. A runaway rapist who leapt from the dock and fled court moments after being found guilty will hand himself into police TODAY, his father has revealed. Bradley Tout, 20, dodged three prison officers and two barristers during his escape. After vaulting the 3ft dock, he ricocheted off walls as he ran out of Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday (3/10). Police launched a major manhunt for the amateur boxer who was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence. His dad, Matt, 38, revealed his son plans to hand himself in to cops and says he will appeal the conviction.

He was long gone from Worcester Crown Court before security could reach him (Picture: SWNS)

I give you full credit for your plea and the fact that you handed yourself in after four days, knowing full well that you would be going to prison for a very long time indeed.

Prosecutor Paul Whitfield said Tout – who had been convicted of raping a teenage girl – jumped from the dock as the judge was in the process of remanding him in custody.

Telling the court that police had not incurred any significant expenditure during Touts four days on the run, Mr Whitfield added: There was a short chase but he was not detained.

He came eventually with his parents to the police station and handed himself in.

When interviewed, he said he considered he was innocent. He had been in turmoil and said he had reacted to what was unfolding in front of him.

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Defence counsel Abigail Nixon said: Nobody got anywhere close to catching him – he was long gone before the security staff went after him.

A court previously heard how Tout and his friend Kulin Odedra, 28, who was jailed for 11-and-a-half years for two rapes, one assault by penetration and one attempted rape, had assaulted a girl in Touts car in 2016.

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