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Convicted dangerous driver smashed court screen and injured officer in dramatic escape

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A North London man has been sentenced to a further six months in prison after he dramatically escaped Wood Green Crown Court in June.

Nathan Oloyowang, 22, from Camden, had attended court on June 4 after he was convicted of dangerous driving following an incident in 2019.

After hearing from Judge Jennifer Newcomb that he would be sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, he smashed the Perspex screen around the dock before running down three flights of stairs and escaping the court.

A custody police officer sustained slight injuries to his hand and was taken to hospital but did not require immediate medical assistance.

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Guards had given chase but had been unable to catch him, leading to a police search investigation before Oloyowang was eventually arrested three weeks later.

During the hearing today (Thursday, December 23), the court heard that his escape had cost over £1000 in damages, and had left the courtroom unsuitable for use for several weeks.

The Serco officer who had attempted to stop Oloyowang had received a slight fracture to his finger and cuts to his arm.

Judge David Aaronberg QC noted that the subsequent police search and public appeal had been an “inconvenience” to the emergency services, and that a “substantial” use of force had been used to break the defensive perspex screen.

Oloyowang’s defence counsel Mark Watson told the court that the escape had been an “opportunistic act” rather than a premeditated plan, and that his client had “panicked in such a shortsighted, foolish reckless way”.

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In his sentencing remarks, the judge told the defendant, “You are still a relatively young man, but you are a young man who, it has been pointed out to me, has been in the courts before in relation to an offence of violence, and an offence of criminal damage.

He continued: “I have no doubt that you didn’t stop to think about what you were doing, indeed you left in such a hurry that you left one of your shoes in the dock behind you.

“Nevertheless, this was a very serious offence and people cannot escape and get away with a tap on the wrist.

“When somebody escapes from court premises that is a matter which makes things more serious than they would have been had this been an escape from the police arriving at your house to arrest you.”

He will now serve an additional six months in prison, as his ten-month driving sentence is due to conclude this month.

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