Wearsider David Charlton – made famous on TV’s Strangeways – launches tirade of abuse at crown court judge

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A WEARSIDE criminal who shot to fame after appearing in TV documentary, launched a torrent of abuse at a judge.

David Charlton, who is originally from Washington, was due to be sentenced over a charge of racial harassment at Manchester Crown Court.

At a previous hearing 40-year-old Charlton, who was seen in ITV1’s Strangeways, admitted abusing and harassing two nurses and a police officer, as well as a university worker.

Judge Roberton Atherton adjourned the case, saying a new psychiatric report on Charlton was needed.

Chartlon, speaking via videolink from Strangeways, then told the judge: “What the hell is going on? You people aren’t doing your bloody job. That’s what the problem is.”

Asked if he would co-operate with the probation service, he responded: “I’m co-operating with people. They’re not co-operating with me. You’re not doing your job are you?”

Charlton then went on to launch a foul-mouthed tirade at the judge.

Previous assessments of Charlton, who is on remand in Strangeways, suggested he was suffering from a personality disorder.

The case has been adjourned until Wednesday.

The court had earlier heard how Charlton, a former civil servant in Washington, started to lead a life of petty crime once he lost his job at the Department of Work and Pensions.

He enrolled on an IT course at Manchester Metropolitan University, but left after rowing with colleagues.

He then started making racially-abusive phone calls to a member of staff on the university’s student services team.

Charlton then pleaded guilty to racially harassing the woman and two other racially-aggravated public order offences.

He later racially abused two nurses after being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary, before also racially abusing a police officer who arrested him.

During the TV show, prison guards told how Charlton is notorious for being hard to handle.

He was seen continually threatening staff, refusing to wash and soiling himself in his cell.

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