By Court Reporter Tuesday 15 October 2013 Updated: 15/10 14:32
A TAXI driver disappeared from his home in Alcester just hours before he was due in court facing a prison sentence.
Ernest Grainger had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two offences of causing or inciting a young woman with a mental disorder to engage in sexual activity.
The 62-year-old, of Alne Bank Road, had been due to be sentenced last month but he was granted bail after the case was adjourned until this week for him to get legal representation.
But at the resumed hearing Grainger failed to turn up at court so the Judge Alan Parker issued a warrant for his arrest.
His wife heard him get up about five o'clock but did not think anything off it until she got up later and found he was not in the house.
Grainger had left behind his mobile phone and his hearing aid.
Prosecutor Liz D’Oliviera said: "Mrs Grainger is extremely concerned."
The charges Grainger was due to be sentenced for involved sexual activity with a young woman in her 20s whose free choice is said to be impeded by a mental disorder. He met her while working as a taxi driver and had picked her up as a fare.
Judge Parker said a long custodial sentence was inevitable but as Grainger still had no one to represent him and the victim and relatives were unable to attend the hearing, when he was found he intended to remand him in custody and adjourn the case to a later date.
Issuing the warrant for his arrest he said: "It is obvious to me that in the last four or five hours he has sought to evade the jurisdiction of the court.
"It is to be hoped the warrant can be executed quickly and that he can be brought before the court."
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