Search continues for man who fled from court
The search for Howard Ascento continues today four days after he ran out of Magistrates' Court last Friday to avoid spending ten days in prison.
The Town Hill Road resident was sentenced for repeatedly driving while disqualified. Shortly after the ten-day sentence was passed he bolted out of the courtroom, evaded security and escaped the building.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of driving an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle, driving without a driver's licence in addition to driving while disqualified.
The defendant told the court that he didn't know he was off the road, and said that he could only get to work on his motorcycle.
He was fined a total of $2,700 for the eight offences and ordered to serve ten days imprisonment.
But he made good his escape from the court building before he could be incarcerated.
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate Mr Ascento. Yesterday, Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley encouraged Mr Ascento to turn himself in to police.
“This is a young individual who probably had a rush of blood. He did something illogical and turned it into a much more serious situation than it was, and he probably regrets that now,” said Mr Dunkley.
“But now is the time to do the right thing, to stand up and face the consequences of his actions. He's a young person and can still turn around his life if he faces up to the challenge that he has. We all make silly mistakes but the challenge is to face those head on.”
Anyone with information about Mr Ascento's whereabouts is asked to contact the main police number at 295-0011.