Most criminals will do anything to escape serving a bid – some will attempt to break out of prison, others will try to lie their way out of it in court and some, such as this particular individual, will jump off really high places…
Even if it means landing face-first, with your nose kissing the ground.
It’s exactly what happened at a courthouse in Utah, after defendant, Christopher Clay Rudd, jumped from a second-floor balcony – while handcuffed.
In the video clip, released by the courthouse, Rudd’s landing leaves him in a dazed and bloody state as two bailiffs attend to him before making sure he’s restrained.
At the beginning of the video, you can see Rudd standing, awaiting his sentence – nothing out of the ordinary.
However, all of a sudden, he runs out of the courtroom. The CCTV in the court’s lobby shows Rudd botching his attempt to flip over the second-floor balcony bars.
Another camera then shows him landing awkwardly on his face, leaving speckles of blood all over the floor of the courthouse entrance.
According to the New York Post, state courts spokesman, Geoffrey Fattah, said the 35-year-old defendant broke his leg and pelvis, as well as fracturing his skull as a result of his attempt to escape conviction.
Rudd, who was arrested on drug allegations, attended his hearing at Spanish Fork court after failing to comply with a court-ordered treatment.
If this was an attempted, albeit feeble escape, then Rudd will no doubt have a bigger headache to contend with – barring the one he suffered from his second-floor drop – as he could now face more charges.
Matt Johnson, a spokesman for Utah’s Police department, says they’re not sure if Rudd was just trying to injure himself, report The New York Times.
A court filling report says at the time of his hearing a lawyer was not listed for Rudd.
While this could be seen as an extreme case of trying to avoid paying for your crimes, Rudd’s stunt seems minuscule in comparison to what happened last year at The Hague.
Convicted war criminal, Slobodan Praljak, a former Bosnian Croat military leader, drank a vial of poison after finding out the UN war crime courts would be upholding his 25-year-sentence.
Praljak was originally sentenced in 2013 for his involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian/Croat mini-state in Bosnia, in the early 1990s.
According to Sky News, 100,000 people died and 2.2 million were displaced in the three-year war.
While some of Praljak’s convictions were overturned, the judge left his sentence unchanged.
Praljak drinking the lethal dose of liquid, came shortly after the judges upheld his 25-year prison term against Jadranko Prlic, the former prime minister of a breakaway Bosnian/Croat statelet, and a 20-year term for its former defence minister, Bruno Stojic.
He was one of six former Bosnian/Croat political and military leaders who appealed against their convictions in 2013 for crimes in East Mostar.
Praljak was charged with nine counts of the breaching of the Geneva conventions – these included wilful killing, inhuman treatment (sexual assault), unlawful deportation and confinements of civilians.
Nine counts of violations of the laws or customs of war – including cruel treatment, unlawful attack on civilians and unlawful infliction of terror on civilians.
Eight counts of crimes against humanity – including persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds as well as murder, rape, deportation, inhumane acts and imprisonment.