Southend robber flees court after sentencing

Ricky Kerry
Image caption Ricky Kerry fled the dock as he was being sentenced for robbery

A convicted robber leapt from the dock and fled a court as a judge was about to send him to jail.

Unemployed Ricky Kerry, 19, ran from the dock at Southend Crown Court after being sentenced to two years and four months.

It is understood that Kerry, of Jones Close, Southend, escaped through heavy double doors at the entrance to the court and down two flights of stairs.

Security guards chased him but could not catch him.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "He made off on foot at just after 12:45 BST in the direction of Baxter Avenue. He was wearing a grey tracksuit and has brown eyes."

Police said Kerry was being sentenced for a robbery in Southend in April during which he punched a man and took his mobile phone.

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