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Magistrate 'court' having a kip

Jonathan Warren

06.04.2012

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Jonathan Warren
A magistrate was caught getting some shut-eye while hearing a drink-driving case, according to a recent report. The Daily Mail stated on April 4th that Paul Flynn was set to face a disciplinary investigation after lawyer Caroline King complained about his trip to the land of nod. Perhaps Mr Flynn mistook the courtroom's benches for wooden beds78397123! While presiding over the trial of Miss King's client Dale Bertenshaw, who faced accusations of drink driving at the Macclesfield magistrates court, Mr Flynn was reported to have shut his eyes until nudged awake by a fellow magistrate. The apparently sleep-inducing trial took place on March 28th but was adjourned for two days due to Mr Flynn's slumber. Miss King commented: "It was impossible for simple speedy summary justice to be delivered because one of the magistrates appeared to be asleep." The drink-driver was subsequently tried by a new bench of JPs. He was sent to jail for 16 weeks and received a four-year driving ban for crashing his moped into a car while under the influence.

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