A convicted drug dealer produced an astonishing and violent outburst in a courtroom where he unleashed a verbal tirade at a judge and barrister, punched the glass surrounding the dock and shoved a security officer to the ground.
Christopher Peachment also repeated previous assertions that the prosecution counsel would “end up in eternal hell”, and made numerous threats to security staff, during the incredible scenes at Northampton Crown Court.
And as he finally left the dock, Peachment shouted to the Chron’s reporter: “If you’re from the paper, put it in there that they are all liars.”
Peachment, aged 41, formerly of Selt Close, Long Buckby, was appearing for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act, for seizure of his assets.
Last month, he was jailed for nine years for possession of Class A and Class C drugs with intent to supply.
The career criminal, who has 91 previous convictions, was found with drugs worth £308,240 after police raided a basement flat in East Park Parade, Kingsley, in September 2011.
Experts concluded he was a key player in Northampton’s drug industry.
During Thursday’s case, the unrepresented Peachment became increasingly more agitated, before Judge Richard Bray adjourned the session and ordered for him to be taken to the cells.
Peachment then started punching the glass in the dock, making threats to the dock officers, and pushed one of them to the floor.
Several more dock officers were called to calm the situation, and police also attended, as the courtroom was evacuated.
The case was concluded in Peachment’s absence.
Before the violent outburst, Peachment told the court: “You are hell-bound in the name of Jesus. You will all end up in eternal hell. Everything you have said is lies.
“It is against my human rights not to have legal representation. It is not fair on my wife and four children. They have suffered for 12 years. I have been treated inhumanely.
“You are corrupt, evil, cruel and wicked. There should be an investigation into what has gone on.”
Adrian Harris, prosecuting, told the court that following Peachment’s previous conviction, assets including property and jewellery were seized.
He said he now had far fewer assets, as he had taken to using pre-paid cards, and paying bills in cash.
DC Dawn Wright, from Northamptonshire Police’s financial investigation unit, told the court Peachment had no legitimate source of income.
Judge Bray ordered the confiscation of a total of £3,909.82.
Peachment was also made the subject of a 15-year Financial Reporting Order, meaning he has to report back to the authorities on all his financial affairs every six months.