A juror who failed to turn up at court during a trial told police: ‘I can’t be bothered, it’s really boring.’
Michelle Rogers’ non-appearance at Leeds Crown Court meant the sex case had to be suspended, at a cost of £16,000, eventually continuing with 11 jurors.
Ms Rogers was arrested and ended up in the dock of the same court after police went to her home in Castleford, West Yorkshire, and arrested her for contempt of court.
Ms Rogers told police: ‘I don’t want to go. You can’t make me. I have been there for two weeks already and it’s really boring.’
Judge Guy Kearl QC chose not to take any further action because of Ms Rogers’ ‘dire financial circumstances’.
But he the court: ‘When she was told it was the police she opened the door and was told she ought to be in court.
‘She said she couldn’t get there because she had no money for the bus and had no access to the telephone.’
The judge continued: ‘When a lift was offered she went upstairs and then came back downstairs and said ‘I don’t want to go. I can’t be bothered. I have been there for two weeks already and it’s really boring.’
When officers told her they had no option but to arrest her she replied: ‘I don’t want to go. You can’t make me.’
The judge told Rogers: ‘You simply failed to turn up last week when you were in the middle of a jury trial and as a result of that the jury was unable to proceed.
‘It is part of your civic duties – your duties as a citizen to attend this court and assist in the administration of justice.’
Rogers said: ‘I could not get hold of anybody. I don’t think it is my fault anyway because I didn’t have any bus fare.’
This is the type of person we deal with on a daily basis… the self-obsessed, thick, benefit class…
It’s lovely to see real people actually deal with them…
(note-he didn’t send her to jail…)