Man pulled knife in court

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A WIGAN paedophile dramatically produced a knife in a courtroom dock and threatened to kill himself after being convicted of child sex offences.

Mark Jarrett (below) had suddenly shouted over to the jury “you’ll have blood on your hands” after they found him guilty of four sex attacks on a 16-year-old boy.

Paedophile Mark Jarrett who pulled a knife out on conviction

Paedophile Mark Jarrett who pulled a knife out on conviction

Although he had been checked with a metal detector on arrival at Liverpool Crown Court on the last day of his trial and searched by dock officers he had managed to sneak in the craft knife blade.

Security chiefs today pledged a full investigation into how Jarrett managed to smuggle the weapon into court.

After his outburst, during which he maintained he was innocent, Jarrett held it to the left side of his throat threatening to kill himself – to the horror of the visibly shocked jurors and court officials – and the court was hurriedly cleared.

Those witnessing the drama included Jarrett’s father, who had been in the public gallery.

Police security officers based in the building became involved and spent 40 minutes calming down the agitated 43-year-old as he stood at the far side of the glass-fronted secure dock.

He was eventually persuaded to put the weapon down and as he moved towards the dock exit was promptly detained and handcuffed.

He has been remanded in custody until September to enable psychiatric and probation reports to be prepared.

He had denied six sex attacks on the boy and was convicted of four of them by majority verdicts.

He was cleared of the other two, one of which allegedly involved him abusing the boy with a feather brush.

The court heard how Jarrett had befriended the boy and he began visiting Jarrett’s flat in Frog Lane, Wigan. While there In April last year Jarrett, who had a knife and video camera, sexually abused the boy.

Afterwards he apologised and promised it would never happen again but in June that year he again molested him and the boy told his girlfriend and the matter came to the attention of the police.

Jarrett, who has no previous convictions, denied all the allegations and maintained that the incidents never took place.

He claimed that they had had consensual sex in January and alleged that the boy had made up the allegations to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

A spokesman for the prisoner escort company GEOAmey said: “Upon the jury returning their verdict, the defendant was discovered to be in possession of an offensive weapon and was apprehended immediately. No harm was inflicted on either the defendant or the officers involved.

“We will be conducting a thorough investigation and will take any appropriate action in conjunction with HMCTS (Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service).

“Our officers within the court have been offered appropriate support and counselling services to ensure their wellbeing.”