[A] MAN who warned a police witness not to turn up at court has found himself in the dock in front of a judge.
John Wayne Connoway, 41, made an illegal intervention in criminal proceedings involving Terrence Kinrade.
Carlisle Crown Court heard Mr Kinrade provided officers with a statement about an alleged domestic assault. But on August 30 last year, Connoway approached Mr Kinrade in a Workington street and warned him he “better not turn up at court”.
As a result Connoway was charged with intimidation. He admitted the offence and was sentenced at the crown court by Judge Tony Lancaster.
The judge heard while Connoway, of Devonshire Street, Workington, was a heavily convicted criminal he was now showing positive signs of progress.
As a result, Judge Lancaster suspended a five-month prison sentence for a year. Connoway must complete a rehabilitation requirement, and was banned from contacting Mr Kinrade for two years.