A man has been found guilty of causing misery to thousands of motorists after
he held up motorway traffic for eight hours in a "puerile hissy fit".
Massive tailbacks were caused on the motorway
Nicholas Muton climbed onto the M1 with a
noose around his neck, smoking cigarettes and swearing at police officers who
tried to coax him down.
A woman missed spending a final day with her terminally ill mother and a three-week-old baby had to be airlifted out of the traffic chaos during the incident which
gridlocked the motorway.
Muton, 32, was remanded into custody for pre-sentence reports on Tuesday after a jury at
Leicester Crown Court took just 10 minutes to find him guilty of causing a
Judge Michael Stokes QC told him he was likely to face a custodial sentence
after his "unacceptable behaviour".
He said: "It is my clear view that what you were about was nothing more than
selfish and self-indulgent behaviour which caused immense problems and indeed
danger to thousands of people."
Muton, of Anstey, Leicestershire, was upset with his ex-partner and
solicitors after an allegation of child abuse against him, which was not
proceeded with, was brought up in a family court hearing.
On the morning of 14 September last year he called police to tell them there
was going to be a protest and said something about a public hanging.
By 1130 BST he had climbed on to the motorway bridge on the A47 with a packet
of cigarettes, a lighter, a mobile phone and a bottle of water.
He said he was planning to commit suicide but changed his mind when he was on
Thousands of cars were left stuck in traffic as police brought the motorway to
a standstill while they tried to talk him down.
Michael Auty, prosecuting, said: "The inconvenience and danger, possibly
life-threatening danger, that he caused to other ordinary decent members of the
public is almost incalculable.
"People can be upset and they have a right to be upset when things don't go
"What is required is that they behave appropriately and responsibly, not
having a puerile hissy fit as if they were four-years-old, playing Russian
roulette with the lives of innocent people."
The case was adjourned for sentencing on 4 August.