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‘You are a bit of a c*** yourself’: Judge slams defendant after court outburst

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Do not mess with Judge Patricia Lynch QC

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A top judge left a courtroom stunned yesterday, after calling a defendant a “c**t” during sentencing.

Judge Patricia Lynch QC made her shocking comment while sentencing 50-year-old John Hennigan for breaching his anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

Mid way through Lynch’s sentencing remarks, Hennigan — who has 23 convictions to his name — told her she was “a bit of a c**t”.

Without missing a beat, Lynch, who became a circuit judge 2014, responded:

You are a bit of a c*** yourself. Being offensive to me doesn’t help.

Hennigan then responded:

Go f*** yourself.

Remaining cool, calm and collected, Lynch, who is a former member of London’s Red Lion Chambers, retorted:

You too.

According to the Mirror, Hennigan was in court for breaching his order after “insulting a black Caribbean mother”. Jailing him for 18 months at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, the sassy judge said:

Your offence is thoroughly unpleasant and repeated breaches of this order using the most unpleasant of language and causing distress. It’s said custody would be distressing for you but it seems you never learn. This is the ninth time you have breached this order, the same offensive, racist comments and you don’t deserve another chance.

Judge Patricia Lynch QC 1 — Defendant 0.

96 Comments

RootyTooty

This is one epic Judge.

The sort that Addleshaw needs in-house to bring them up to scratch (for their US merger of course)

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Anonymous

So is Judge Patricia Lynch QC demonstrating it is quite acceptable to use the F & C words in court now?

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Anonymous

Dude its acceptable anywhere haven’t you heard the youth of today they cannot string a sentence together without f**king and blinding. A salesman in PC World was using language as above to me while trying to sell me a PC …

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Anonymous

Also anyone who goes anywhere near a law firm hears the words (and variations of) “fuck” and “cunt” fairly constantly.

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Anonymous

My solicitors are Hunt, Lunt and Cunningham.

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David

Ha! Art, Bart and Fargo have done a conversion course.

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Anonymous

Did it convince you to buy the f**king computer though or did you c**t him off in the end?

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Anonymous

I think it just means it would be considered fair comment to call this individual perpetrator a c**t in future.

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Anonymous

Precisely – I think by any sensible objective measure the man is a c**t. Pat Lynch QC was doing the world and him a favour by making it quite plain to him that that was the case.

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Jon

Hopefully this judgement will be challenged in the higher courts soon. Clearly he is more than a ‘bit’ of a c**t, very likely a lot of one!

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Anonymous

You would have to if it was in evidence.

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Anonymous

Yes

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Anonymous

Not for you…only for judges

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Anonymous

I did the something similar years ago. an aggressive man was calling me every swear name under the sun. this was all done in front of his mates, who were as bad as him. I said nothing whilst all this was going on. as I turned to walk away, he then shouted out, sticking his two fingers up at the same time, “up yours, you c–t”. I stopped, turned round, and said, “no, up yours mr smith”. I then walked away. afterwards I regretted it, thinking that I had sunk to his level. however, at the time I had no such feeling

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Anonymous

great story bro

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Anonymous

man up princess

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Anonymous

Lad LJ

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Anonymous

Sounds like this Judge responded childishly to some jibes from a clearly pretty pathetic nasty individual.

It does her and the courts no favours.

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Anonymous

MOMMY THE INTERNET IS SINNING AT ME

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Anonymous

I have to disagree. Just because she’s a judge doesn’t mean she shouldn’t give a robust response to somebody like that. Far too often people are really are c**ts aren’t given the immediate feeback they need.

In this case, what are judges options? Ignore and diminish authority of the court? Tell him off and get a bit more back thus diminishing the authority of the court? Find him in contempt thereby wasting everyone’s time? Or just tell him what everybody in the room was thinking and deal with the situation quickly and effectively?

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Timothy Rowe

I think there’s a problem, because part of her ruling criticised the defendant for “using the most unpleasant of language”, and that’s weakened if she uses the language herself. Mind you, the language used in the offence could have been even worse…

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Anonymous

Hello – the unpleasantness or otherwise of language isn’t in the word but the intended use to which it’s put. I thought her use of it was sublime.

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Anonymous

I agree. The Court should maintain decorum even in the face of vulgarity. We’re not animals

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Stop trolling me, Mum.

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Anonymous

Does the limey part refer to a British person?

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Dave

Animals don’t swear in a language that we can understand – unless you know better. Whereas humans can be prissy.

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Cuntface

Shut up

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Julie-Ann

What absolute rubbish.I totally agree with the Judge and,if I were in the same situation,would have replied the same.Everyone I have spoken with about this are entirely in support of the Judge

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Anonymous

I question this Judge’s ability to hear criminal cases. She must realise that she is dealing with the worst of the worst of the society, yet she responds with the same remarks showing her unprofessionalism. What a shame.

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Nuid

Worst of the worst????
What do you call murderers? Naughty people?

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Anonymous

In fairness to her, I hardly think you can question her ability to hear criminal cases on the basis that one time she very slightly lost her temper. We’re all human, and it would be a shame to get rid of a judge (who may well be excellent at her job) because she said a rude word.

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Anonymous

Oh for God’s sake idiot. She’s the best judge at Chelmsford & does more for society than you ever will.

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Anonymous

I marshalled with Judge Lynch last year. She is one of the most ferocious women I have ever come across, and one of the most down to earth judges you will ever meet. It might seem childish the way that she responded but if you met her, you’d hardly be surprised as she doesn’t take bullshit from anyone.

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Anonymous

In my experience those who are described along the lines of ‘most ferocious’, are usually pretty thin-skinned individuals who are easily baited.

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Nuid

Her name sounds Irish. I wonder if she is Irish. If she is, it would fit the story. You’ll probably hear more swearing, if you ever come to Dublin, than you heard in your entire life previously.

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Anonymous

Thug life.

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Not Amused

Sorry, I do not approve.

The judge is not a mere human being. The judge is the whole weight of the state. She is authority and power to control and dictate how her fellow citizen (her equal) will behave and what will befall him. That is terrible and colossal power. It is necessary to put it in the hands of human beings – but when we do so those human beings need to become more than what they are.

This is a human being being a human being. That is less than I expect from a sitting judge.

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Anonymous

Pompous arse

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Anonymous

he is a pompus arse, but he is also correct.

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Anonymous

I agree with the pompous arse

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Ann

The pompous arse is being something of a cunt.

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Anonymous

You are merely an arse.

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Anonymous

Fart

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Anonymous

I think you need to read the book by Veronica Chapman “Freedom is more than just a seven-letter word”.

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Anonymous

I am 100% positive that when Judge Lynch responded as she did, she gave precisely 0 f***s about your approval.

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Frankly

People who find coarse language offensive should avoid criminal law & criminal courts.

Get over it.

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Anonymous

And firms.

And should probably a void spending any decent amount of time with anyone going through a serious legal battle.

And legal-related TV shows.

..and movies.

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Anonymous

It is inappropriate for a Judge to be baited by, or to bait, an accused. The Judge shd be above such behaviour especially if bewigged.

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Anonymous

Re: those acting like this wasn’t completely appropriate – shhhhh. Get a sense of humour.

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Irwin Mitchell Partner

Maybe she is not getting any. Simples.

I our office all the singles are grumpy sodz. As are the trainees who thought they were starting at a proper firm.

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Old enough to know better

Lol at IM partner. I suspect the trainees are grumpy at the realisation of what a career in law is these days and not necessarily that they are workings the IM.

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Shirley

I think sexist undergraduate commentary is enlightening!

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Quo Vadis

Awful, awful, awful. Scandalous. If this is not grounds for dismissal, I do not know what is.

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Anonymous

So so so scandalous.

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Anonymous

In more important news- full SDT judgment is out for Lord Harley
http://www.solicitorstribunal.org.uk/Content/documents/11428.2015.Blacker.pdf

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Anonymous

How dare they refer to him as Alan Blacker?! His Lordship demands a proper mode of address

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Anonymous

She should have just given him an extra six months for contempt.

That would have shut him up!

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Lord Elpuss

The important point here is surely not whether one views her language as vulgar or down to earth, but whether judicial impartiality is in question. If judges trade insults with defendants, it might make them more prone to harsh sentencing. Even if not, it seems likely to damage public confidence in judges.

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Anonymous

cunts

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Herman the German

Kunst!

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Anonymous

Art!

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Anonymous

Lynch either threw a tantrum, or got down there with the defendant, or doesn’t know how to behave. None of them is very good. Don’t like it. Would Igor do it? No he would not.

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snowball

Judge Patricia Lynch is a great judge . Out here in Essex we say it how it is. Good for her. I rate her even more now. You won’t find a bad word against her from the Bar.

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Anonymous

The whole point is that he threw the ‘worst’ language he could at her in the hope it would upset and shock her. They’re just words. He’s an obnoxious piece of work and has used – as his record shows – what he thinks is insulting language to try and intimidate women. By using and owning the language he used effectively neutralises him. He’s pathetic and she called it. Boom!

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Anonymous

Something in that, have to say.

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Anonymous

Patricia Lynch for president

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Anonymous

Give the Judge a medal; we could do with a few more like her

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RobbH

All these whiney f***kers saying she shouldn’t have said it, grow up, it’s a word, used in a room full of adults. Get over yourselves, this isn’t the Victorian times anymore, it’s a word, that when used in the correct context (as in this case) is perfectly acceptable.

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Ballbag

you could be spot on there,,cunt

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

It’s good to see a judge give their opinion. Shame they’re often too scared to with s78. Apps…….

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Boadacia Iceni

Now he can spend 18 months being someone’s c*nt!

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Anonymous

The good judge did not deny being a c*** even stating that the accused was a c*** himself.
Is this a legal precedent?

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Hawk Nosed Barrister

In a case I did at Woolwich Crown Court the defendant called the judge a fat bit bitch, that was funny and it was even funnier when she increased his sentence!!!

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Anonymous

Chat shit get banged

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Anonymous

Yawn. In the scheme of things, does it really matter that a judge reiterated a few descriptive expletives spewed out of the mouth of a clearly unsavoury scumbag? Sometimes, this is only form of language understood by such individuals.

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Trumpenberg

The defendant is a leading shitlord.

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Anonymous

Re-read it people, she only said c**t, not f**k. When he suggested she go f**k herself she responded you too.

I know that it is a courtroom and a certain level of decorum needs to be observed, but sometimes you just have to talk to people in a language they understand. Like the lady said, being offensive won’t help and it didn’t.

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Anonymous

That twat was a cunt

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ParkSquareDrone

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ParkPlaceTrumpster

Tally ho old boy, the fact that Allen was allowed to practise again confirms that such an assault would be fine. Law being precedent based and all.

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Anonymous

Judge Dread… cool!

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Anonymous

Sadly a lot of these comments sum up the loony left mentality of the majority of this Country.

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RICHARD MILLS

like something from Pete and Dud “who are you calling C**T C**T?”

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Anonymous

Good for her… Here here haha she is probably sick of taking abuse… I say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander… She dealt with the situation, the way she felt like at the time and there is nothing wrong with that.

Good example of sticking up for yourself… While not compromising your safety

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Anonymous

My word you would think by some comments on here, nobody had opened there mouth on occasion without thinking. So what she retaliated, maybe it was right maybe it was wrong but it’s done and that’s that. The judge can be the only judge of her behavior if she thinks she was right that’s enough for me, if she thinks it was wrong well there may be a case for that too… I’ve been brought up with a very old saying “sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you” my word I don’t think this is a case for hanging her I think as a society we need to remember the old saying and put things in perspective. Of course in front of young children it is inappropriate to swear, or make vulgar remarks, however as an adult we have all I’m sure swore at some point … Anyway how is a swear word defined as a swear word? Is it just because someone tells me it’s not a nice word or is there actually any other reason? I mean some words are rude and could be deemed offensive but others are categorized as swear words, for what reason and what does the f word mean that is so offensive haha rant over

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Anonymous

Sheer class!
Love her……

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Anonymous

This post has been moderated because its a bit of a cvnt.

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Anonymous

OBE for my lady

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Anonymous

Conveniently brushing past the fact that he made said Heil Hitler and gas the Jews…

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Geoff

Queyntes

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Anonymous

From a professional perspective she was wrong. From a personal perspective, she was bang on. Seeing a bit of a human reaction every now and again is very refreshing to the general public but she’ll probably get a drubbing for it from on high given this over regulated profession we work within.

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Harvey Price

Hello you cunt

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Anonymous

He acted like a cunt and got treated like a cunt.

He has 18 months to run off his vicious burn

Whoever complained about her needs to man up.

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Lord Harley's trouser snake

Why are people criticising her for individuality ?

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