Too early to face music

PUBLISHED: 11:29 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

ONE of my colleagues attended St Albans Crown Court this week. Not to appear before the judge, I hasten to add, but to hear the sentence for Hatfield teacher Graham Smith. Arriving at court before the case, she chatted to the security guards as she went

ONE of my colleagues attended St Albans Crown Court this week.

Not to appear before the judge, I hasten to add, but to hear the sentence for Hatfield teacher Graham Smith.

Arriving at court before the case, she chatted to the security guards as she went through the metal detectors and handbag search.

She enquired as to whether the defendant had already arrived.

The security guards began laughing among themselves.

"Oh yes he's here," said one of them. "He's been here since yesterday!"

It turns out that the accused was so keen to hear his fate, he got the days mixed up, and arrived at court 24 hours early.

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