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09-26-11, 08:59 AM #1
Teenager jailed for taking photo at Luton Crown Court
BBC News - Teenager jailed for taking photo at Luton Crown Court
A teenager has been jailed for two months for taking a photograph of a court room from the public gallery during proceedings.
Paul Thompson, 19, from Luton, had gone to the town's crown court to support a friend facing a custodial sentence for robbing an off-duty police officer.
He got a message on his Blackberry phone from a girl asking where he was.
He was spotted taking a picture which he sent to her and Judge Barbara Mensah jailed him for contempt of court.
She said: "There are notices all around the court building about not taking photographs in court.
"This is a serious offence and the message must go out that people cannot take photos."
As she jailed him on Friday he said: "That's stupid man."
After Thompson was seen taking the photo his phone was seized and he was taken to the cells.
I nearly fell off my chair laughing, the signs are all over the place. Although it could all have been avoided if this youth had a job or didn't have friends who rob people as he wouldn't have been in court that day."all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
"the world is a dangerous place place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it" Albert Einstein
09-26-11, 11:11 AM #2
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