Sunday 18 March 2018

Man freed after judge accepts his apology

Ciaran Murphy

A MAN who repeatedly challenged a judge to identify himself in court was released from custody last night after being jailed for contempt.

Aaron Milne (36) appeared at Waterford District Court yesterday charged with the possession of an offensive weapon, namely pepper spray, in the city some weeks ago.

When Mr Milne's name was called from the list yesterday morning, he stood up and told Judge David Kennedy that "I am here for that matter".

He later said to Judge Kennedy: "Are you addressing me?" prompting the judge to give him "more time".

However, when the matter was called again yesterday afternoon, Mr Milne said: "Who is addressing me? Say who you are, I don't know who you are."

Judge Kennedy asked Mr Milne if he was going to continue in such a manner.

Mr Milne then repeated the question three more times.

Judge Kennedy sentenced Mr Milne to seven days in jail for contempt of court.

However, Mr Milne was released yesterday after he returned to court to purge his contempt. He apologised to Judge Kennedy if he caused him any offence. The judge said that he did not take offence.

The matter was adjourned until November 10.

Irish Independent

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