Linda Colling: What a clip

Kelsey Donkin, 22, from Sunderland
Kelsey Donkin, 22, from Sunderland
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WHAT was Kelsey Donkin thinking of to turn up at court looking like this? What a clip.

In baseball cap, Ugg boots, knee-length black leggings, white T-shirt, tattoo and gross chain around her neck, she was dire.

Even more dire was her disgusting behaviour, yelling “bang, bang” at heroic David Rathband who was blinded by Raoul Moat.

You would have thought she would have at least made an effort to look decent when she appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

Donkin deserved locking up for what she did and for appearing in court like this, an absolute crime against fashion and showing such disrespect.

For her final appearance in court she wore another inappropriate ensemble – silver sparkly top and a denim waistcoat that fit where it touched with leggings.

She’s not the only one who is putting two fingers up at judges and magistrates in the way they dress.

Remember Mr Bermuda Shorts man, who was turfed out of Sunderland Magistrates and had the audacity to say there wasn’t a sign up banning such shorts? Nor is there one up for Batman suits, but you would have the good sense not to wear one.

Standards have slipped since the late 90s when one defendant was thrown out of court by the bench for sporting a Right Said Fred T-shirt with the slogan “ I’m too sexy for this shirt.”

In contrast self-confessed “dilettante” antique dealer Raymond Scott, 51, who was jailed for possessing the stolen £3million first edition of Shakespeare’s works, cut a colourful figure for his court appearances.

He donned a range of outfits from kilt and matching tartan cap to an all-white kit as Boss Hogg from the 80s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard.

At least he made an effort, unlike the jeans, T-shirt and ubiquitous trackie brigade who are an affront. No self-respecting person would go to court in this clobber that is now par for the course.

Defendants look more as if they are on a jolly, rather than facing charges that could cost them their liberty. They dress as if for a day out rather than a court of law.

The same sights can be seen week in and week out at Sunderland Magistrates.

Chavs showing contempt for the law by dressing so offensively they should be charged with contempt of court on top of what they are already up for.

High time magistrates and judges clamped down and made an example of the rag tags who make no attempt to appear in court smartly dressed.

Once it would have been unthinkable for men and women not to dress in their best to make the best impression they could whatever the charge.

Dressing decently mattered and made a statement. Now the opposite is true and the only message the majority of men and women up before the bench are sending out is one of scorn.

How long before they turn up in their pyjamas?