Inquiry begins after man is escorted from King’s Lynn court

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

An investigation has been launched after a defendant had to be escorted out of a Lynn courtroom today.

Christopher McDowell, 33, was excluded from a hearing at the town’s magistrates court this morning after repeatedly interrupting the proceedings.

The bench told him to remain quiet and warned him he would be removed if he continued to shout out during the hearing.

They subsequently asked a security officer to escort him from the courtroom when he made a further interruption.

As he was led away, he shouted and swore towards the prosecution solicitor.

Police were subsequently called to the College Lane site to take statements about the incident, which was witnessed by other court staff and solicitors, as well as a Lynn News reporter.

McDowell, of Church Lane, Hindolveston, near Dereham, faces two charges of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in order to cause harassment, alarm or distress, which he denies.

The alleged offences are both said to have taken place in the village on December 31 last year.

McDowell was conditionally bailed to return to the court for a trial scheduled to begin on May 11. The case is expected to last two days.