A drug dealer who leapt from the dock and spent a year on the run after being convicted by a jury was jailed for six years and nine months.
Nyron Daley fled from the courtroom and ran down a flight of stairs, struggling with two security guards at St Albans Crown Court before escaping into the street.
An alert was put out and he was spotted in a car in nearby St Peter’s Street shortly afterwards – but when the police stopped the car Daley got out and ran off.
Prosecutor James Marsland told the same court on Friday that Daley, of Hemel Hemsptead, escaped on October 17 last year after a jury had convicted him of two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. Despite a manhunt including a Crimewatch appeal there was no sign of him until he handed himself in to the police on October 28 this year.
At his trial last year the court heard that he and an accomplice were caught at Daley’s home with 41.36 grams of crack and 19.6 grams of heroin. They had a street value totaling £4,000.
A dealer list, though not in his handwriting, had been found in Daley’s room.
Daley, 29, of Royal Court, was jailed for six years for the drug offences and a Judge Stephen Warner to be sentenced for two counts of supplying Class A drugs and for contempt of court, for the escape. He had been jailed for two years in 2006 for supplying Class A drugs.
Defence barrister Mark Gatley said: “On the day he was convicted he found out his partner was pregnant. He made a spontaneous decision to leap from the dock. He handed himself in and has committed no offences whilst at large.”
Judge Stephen Warner told Daley: “You caused alarm to court staff and a group of young children. It was a serious contempt of court.”
Referring to the drug conviction, the judge said: “Those who deal in Class A drugs can expect a significant custodial sentence. Drugs blight the lives of people who are addicted to them.”