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Furious judge jails mobile phone for 'gross disrespect' after it went off in court

By Mirror | Saturday, Dec 3rd 2016 at 12:02

An angry judge jailed a phone for a day when it went off in court.

Furious Ian Lawrie took the unusual step midway through proceedings after the mobile rang in the public gallery - describing it as ‘gross disrespect’.

A surprised-looking woman began to race from the court, with the phone still ringing but the judge ordered the usher to call her back in.

The shame-faced woman re-entered Plymouth Crown Court and Judge Lawrie asked her if she could read.

When she replied yes he then told her she had clearly failed to see the large sign on the court door requesting all phones were turned off before entering.

The woman said she was sorry and claimed she did not know the phone was in her bag.

She added she thought it had been left in her car and was turned off and apologised again and began to turn away.

But a clearly-unamused Judge Lawrie, who was overseeing a series of cases for breach of orders, barked: “I haven’t dismissed you!” and the woman froze mid-step.

He then ordered her to head downstairs to the security office and hand over her phone where it would be held until the end of the day’s proceedings at 4pm.

In February this year a judge at Grimsby Crown Court adjourned a case when a mobile phone went off in the public gallery as he was about to jail two men.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC adjourned the sentencing to Hull Crown Court the following day.

Magistrates in Exeter also took exception to a woman whose mobile phone rang during a court session and fined her Sh12,000 for contempt.

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