A Newcastle University professor alleged to have vandalised cars in a late-night wrecking spree failed to attend court because of lecturing commitments.
Stephen Graham, 47, a professor at Newcastle University is charged with four counts of criminal damage in relation to an incident in August.
24 cars in the Jesmond area of Newcastle were damaged with a screwdriver, used to carve insults into the cars including " very silly" and "arbitrary".
Mr Graham, of Lansdowne Road, Jesmond, was due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates court this morning but the court heard he was busy lecturing.
Graham is a lecturer in the Architecture, Planning and Landscape department of Newcastle University, and specialises in the study of cities and society.