I won't go into detail about my experiences at City of Westminster Magistrates Court, that's for another day just to say it was horrendous and very frightening.
Richard was taken straight into custody, I didn't get to see or speak to him or give any messages to him until after a lengthy wait of around two hours when he was brought into the Court room. A barrister was sent to assist Richard but she had no time to prepare and was ill informed.
The Judge, was stern and the prosecution lawyer unpleasant. We were made to feel like absolute criminals. The prosecution didn't want Richard to be allowed bail at all. However the Judge was sympathetic to the fact that Richard had University exams the following week. Richard's barrister struggled to make suggestions about bail conditions so in the end Richard had to suggest his own! Richard's passport was demanded as well as £3000 and at 5pm on a Thursday evening away from our home we were unable to sort these out as the court wanted to close. This meant Richard was taken to Wandsworth Prison for the night and I was left stranded in London wondering how I was going to sort out the passport and money issues.