Judge to be investigated after foul-mouthed exchange in court
Complaints have been made against a judge in the UK who called a racist thug a "bit of a c***" after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at her in court.
Judge Patricia Lynch QC was sentencing John Hennigan at Chelmsford Crown Court in England for his ninth breach of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) in 11 years when the exchange took place.
The 50-year-old was in the dock when he told her she was a "bit of a c***", to which she responded: "You are a bit of a c*** yourself. Being offensive to me does not help."
Hennigan shouted: "Go f*** yourself", to which the QC replied: "You too."
The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) handles complaints made about judges.
A spokesman said: "The JCIO has received complaints regarding Patricia Lynch's comment, which will be considered."
Judge Lynch jailed Hennigan for 18 months for insulting and making racist slurs to a black mother in Harlow, Essex.
The court heard that Tanisha Ford, a black Caribbean woman and her two children, aged eight and six, and also black Caribbean, were in Harlow.
She asked Hennigan for directions, which he gave her.
He then told her: "I don't agree with inter-racial relationships. I like natural."
Ms Ford asked what he meant and Hennigan replied: "I prefer white children."