By Court Reporter Tuesday 15 October 2013 Updated: 16/10 14:06
A TAXI driver disappeared from his home in Alcester just hours before he was due in court facing a prison sentence.
Ernest Grainger said he had considered taking his own life when he was asked to explain his attendance at Warwick Crown Court.
The 62-year-old had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two offences of causing or inciting a young woman with a mental disorder to engage in sexual activity.
The Alne Bank Road resident 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.
He was arrested at his home on Tuesday morning and asked why he had failed to attend he said: "I was in a pretty bad mental state and didn’t know what I was doing. I was thinking of suicide."
Judge Parker pointed out Grainger had told his wife last week that he had been to solicitors Devine O’Keefe to arrange for them to represent him, which he had not done.
Although Grainger denied it, the Judge told him: "I have concluded you had it in mind not to come; that it was planned."
Grainger was jailed for 21 days for failing to attend court and was remanded in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing towards the end of next month.
The charges Grainger is due to be sentenced for involve sexual activity with a young woman 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.
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