Man was ‘in bath’

tis. Harrogate Magistrates Court. 311208ARpic1.
tis. Harrogate Magistrates Court. 311208ARpic1.

TAKING a bath and failing to hear police come calling cost a Harrogate man his liberty for more than 11 hours.

Daniel Brooks, 20, of Hambleton Road, Harrogate, is on remand at the town’s magistrates waiting for allegations against him of going equipped for theft and attempted theft of copper piping from a vehicle to be sent for trial in front of a judge and jury.

He has pleaded not guilty and has been bailed until May 3 – when the case is expected to be sent to York Crown Court – with his bail terms including a 7pm to 7am curfew, with a stipulation that he should present himself at the door if officers call.

The court was told police had gone to Brooks’s address at 9.50pm on Wednesday of last week. The door had been answered by his mother who said: ‘‘He is not here; I don’t know where he is. I am fed up with him, he has gone out in a mood.’’

Prosecutor Steven Ovenden said police had gone back at 12.10am on Thursday and arrested Brooks for breaching his bail. He had told them: ‘‘I was in the bath, ask my mother.’’

Brooks denied a bail breach and was told the case had not been proved so it would be dismissed and he could be readmitted to bail on the same terms.

In evidence Brooks had said he had got home five minutes before his curfew began. He had been in his room, initially with three friends and later with just one. He and a girl named Harriett had rowed and she had stormed out slamming the door.

That must have been when his mother formed the impression he had gone out. But he had then spent half an hour in the bath and had not heard police arriving.

Brooks was told by court chairman Brian Pattyson he had seen what could happen if he did not respond to the police – by the time he was bailed he had been in custody for more than 11 hours – and would be wise to ‘‘keep his ears open’’ when he took a bath.