Judge's 'Act of Mercy' for man convicted of drug crimes.
A criminal from South Wales who was freed by a judge to go on a sunshine holiday is finally behind bars - after flying back from his island break.
Colin Watson, 51, was spared an immediate prison sentence by a kind judge so he could enjoy a week in the Canary Islands.
His barrister asked if sentence could be adjourned so Watson could travel on the pre-booked break to Tenerife with his partner.
Judge Jeremy Jenkins told Watson he would grant the wish as an "act of mercy".
He said: "You have pleaded guilty to a number of very serious matters.
"I am trusting you. Don't let me down."
Now, after two weeks in the Canary Islands, Watson has been jailed for 18 months.
A court heard Watson was found with a taser and a baton, as well as cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis when he was stopped by police in Newport city centre.
Watson, of Pontypool, South Wales, admitted possessing offensive weapons, class A and class B drugs at Cardiff Crown Court.
Judge Jenkins explained he had granted bail so he could "say goodbye to his family".
He said: "It was an act of mercy.
"I told you then not to let me down and you did not. You returned today to face the inevitable sentence."