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NI judge sends four to cells - after phone rings in court

A judge at the Magistrates’ Court in Derry had four men detained after they appeared to “take mirth” out of a warning.

A JUDGE in Northern Ireland reportedly sent four men to the cells in his court earlier today – after they appeared to find humour in a warning about mobile phones going off in the courtroom.

The four men were detained for just under 100 minutes at the Magistrates’ Court on Bishop Street, Derry after a phone rang in the court’s public gallery.

The BBC reports that judge Barney McElholm told the courtroom that the next person who allowed their phone to ring out loud would be held in contempt.

Four men “appeared to take mirth” from his comments, prompting the judge to have them detained.

They were later released after insisting they were sorry.

Read the story at BBC News >

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