A Judge sitting at Chelmsford Crown allowed a defendant to bring his cat into court this morning to help him stay calm.
Aiden Wiltshire sat in the dock whilst his cat Taylor watched proceedings from a wheeled shopping trolley, poking his head out of the top to see what was going on and to be continually stroked by Wiltshire as the hearing unfolded.
Judge Charles Gratwicke, the senior judge at the court, had given permission for Taylor to be present after being told by Wiltshire’s lawyer, Gavin Burrell that his client was “someone who suffers with health issues and is emotionally supported by his cat.”
Wiltshire, of Brownings Avenue, Chelmsford, is accused of two offences of stalking. He has not yet entered any pleas.
His case was adjourned until the new year.