Man left court moments before he was expected to be jailed

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A man walked out of court moments before he was about to be jailed.

Daniel Lee Habberjam, 26, was before Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ this morning (Wednesday) where he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and amphetamine.

The court heard Habberjam, of Cromwell Crescent, Pontefract, was on a 12-week suspended sentence at the time of the drug offences.

John Ratcliff, mitigating, said his client took cannabis in the hope of achieving “calmness”.

But Habberjam left the building after magistrates had retired to consider sentence.

The chairman of the bench stated they had intended to activate the 12-week suspended sentence in full, with four weeks on top for the cannabis offence, making a total of 16 weeks in jail.

The magistrate then issued a warrant for Habberjam’s arrest.