A lawyer was punched by his client after a judge sentenced him to 47 years in prison. David Chislton had just been jailed for pistol-whipping his girlfriend and setting his apartment complex on fire at the court in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
After the sentence had been read out, the 42-year-old hit his lawyer, Aaron Brockler, in the face with both of his handcuffed fists.
Both men fell on the floor and police deputies jumped on Chislton to restrain him, a witness told the site.
Chilston also bit Mr Brockler’s leg before the lawyer was dragged away from the confrontation. “It was pretty fun,” Mr Brockler, who sustained a small cut on his face, said.
Chislton was sentenced to nearly two dozen charges, including multiple counts of aggravated arson and felonious assault. He pistol-whipped his girlfriend in 2017 and threatened to kill her after she accused him of sexually abusing her 15-year-old daughter.
He then set fire to the building during an hours-long standoff with police.
Chislton was sentenced to 47 years in prison and is likely to have additional charges filed against him.