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Burglar tells judge "you should be f****** shot" during Galway court outburst

Joseph Crawford made the remarks during a court appearance which resulted in him being given a four month jail sentence.

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A GALWAY MAN who launched an x-rated outburst at a district court judge and told her she should be shot was given four months in jail for trespassing with intent to commit burglary.

Joseph Crawford, 25, appeared at Galway District Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to trespassing with intent to commit the burglary of a hair salon in Knocknacarra last year, reports the Galway Advertiser.

The court heard that Crawford was already serving 14 months for road traffic offences and had 46 previous convictions which included assault, assault causing harm, burglary, and two counts of robbery.

After hearing evidence, Judge Mary Fahy adjourned the court so as that contact could be made with probation services regarding a report that the judge was told would be helpful to the court. At this point the defendant made a sudden and aggressive outburst as he was led away, saying to Judge Fahy:

You should be f****** shot

It later emerged that Crawford “didn’t have any real engagement with the probation services,” according to Fahy after Crawford had apologised for the remarks. A four-month jail sentence was imposed.

Read more from Martina Nee’s story in today’s Galway Advertiser >

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