Man accused of attacking Judge John Devaux is due in court today

Judge John Devaux

Judge John Devaux - Credit: Archant

A MAN is due to appear in court today after a judge was attacked during a sentencing hearing over the death of a Saffron Walden motorcyclist.

Judge John Devaux had just jailed a defendant in a death by dangerous driving case at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Monday) when a man ran from the public gallery into the area where the judge was seated, and started wrestling with him and shouting.

Police officers, who had been in court for the sentencing hearing, and court staff rushed to the judge’s aid and restrained the man.

Paul Graham, whose brother Philip Graham had just been jailed for 30 months, was later arrested for “alleged assault and/or contempt of court” and was brought back into court before Judge Devaux yesterday afternoon.

Judge Devaux said it was not appropriate for him to deal with the matter and adjourned the case until today, when Graham will appear before Ipswich Crown Court resident judge David Goodin.

Graham was remanded in custody overnight and granted legal aid to enable to him to be legally represented at today’s hearing.

Yesterday’s drama unfolded shortly after Judge Devaux had sentenced Philip Graham, 30, of Quendon Place, Haverhill, to 30 months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

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Graham, who had denied the charge, was driving along the B1054 last July to catch a train at Audley End when he hit a motorcycle ridden by 37-year-old Derek Foster, of Winstanley Road, Saffron Walden, who was on his way to work in Haverhill.

Mr Foster, a father-of-two, died after suffering multiple injuries.

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Sir Edward Greenwell, and a local member of the clergy was sitting next to Judge Devaux when the incident happened.

Judge Devaux returned to court an hour later for the start of another trial.

Benjamin Aina QC, prosecuting in the following trial, said: “May we at the bar express our concern at matters which occurred this morning. We are very sorry you had to endure the matters that have been brought to our attention.”

Judge Devaux replied that what happened was “unexpected” and added “you are very kind. We are, I think, all unharmed.”