Tuesday 24 January 2017

Judge to be investigated after foul-mouthed exchange in court

Dean Gray

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

Judge Lynch jailed Hennigan for 18 months for insulting and making racist slurs to a black mother in Harlow, Essex. (Stock picture)
Judge Lynch jailed Hennigan for 18 months for insulting and making racist slurs to a black mother in Harlow, Essex. (Stock picture)

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.

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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."

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