15 Aug 2022

Police asked to investigate after man took a picture on his mobile phone of judge in Limavady Court

Police have been asked to investigate after a 26 year-old man took a photograph of a judge in Limavady Court this morning (Wednesday). Odhran McLaughlin, whose address was given as Mobuoy Road, Campsie, appeared in court charged with using a mobile phone while driving. The court heard that McLaughlin was detected committing the offence on April 29, 2015 at Glenshane Road, Dungiven. After hearing the facts of the case, District Judge Liam McNally asked if McLaughlin had any penalty points on his licence. McLaughlin confirmed that he did not and told the judge that he had a picture of his licence on his phone to confirm this. While scrolling through his mobile phone to locate the picture, a member of court staff noticed that the defendant had an image on the handset which had been taken inside the courthouse. The mobile phone was handed to Judge McNally.  After looking at the image, he said: “You are not allowed to take pictures in court.  This is a picture of me and I take this very seriously.” After handing down three penalty points and fining Mclaughlin £75 for the offence of using a mobile phone while driving, Judge McNally directed that the matter involving the photograph be referred to the PSNI to see if an offence had occurred. Handing the phone over to a constable who was present in the court, Judge McNally said: “There is a photograph of myself on the phone that I want investigated. “There may be an innocent explanation, but I would like it dealt with as soon as possible.” The police constable left the court room with the mobile phone.

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