Man went on crime spree when he should’ve been in court

Richard Reston, 44, was jailed for 14 months at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

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A man who dodged court and instead broke into houses has been jailed for 14 months.

Richard Reston was due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on September 10 last year.

However, the 44-year-old was not in the dock and went on to embark on a crime spree.

He first smashed the windows of two cars before raiding a property near the city’s Queen’s Cross.

After being spotted by the homeowner, Reston threatened to “torch” their house and motor if they called the police.

He carried out a similar break-in at a house in nearby Possilpark, claiming he was looking for something in a shed.

Reston was later arrested by police on a bus and was also heard shouting racial abuse at someone.

On Friday, Reston pleaded guilty to a number of charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court including housebreaking and acting in an abusive manner, which was racially aggravated.

Sheriff Sean Murphy QC said: “This was an extreme catalogue of offences taking place on a day you should have been in front of this court.”