A 20-year-old man has cut his own throat while standing in the dock after being given a prison sentence.
The defendant, understood to be Gary Bell, was in court two of Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, this afternoon when he is said to have taken a blade from his pocket and ran it across his neck.
The horrifying incident unfolded after Bell, from nearby Milnsbridge, was sentenced to a total of 16 weeks in jail for three charges of assault by beating and two of criminal damage.
The court was then cleared and paramedics then took him to Leeds General Infirmary where he is currently being treated.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the man was alive but the extent of his injuries are currently unknown.
A spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that a 20 year old man from Milnsbridge has sustained self-inflicted neck injuries while attending Huddersfield Magistrates Court just before three o’clock this afternoon.
‘He was taken by ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary with serious lacerations to his neck. A security guard at the court also sustained minor injuries.’
An HM Courts & Tribunals Service Spokesman said: ‘We are urgently investigating this incident.’
A Yorkshire Ambulance service spokesman confirmed that an ambulance attended.