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Violent outburst in reaction to verdict made the jury cry

Two people were sentenced for contempt of court yesterday after their violent reaction to the verdict handed down made one member of the jury cry with fear.

Mr Justice Paul Carney described the reactions of one man’s family to the verdicts at the Central Criminal Court as a “full scale riot“.  He added: “This was a gross and serious contempt in the face of the court which challenges the very foundation of the administration of justice, terrifying jurors conscientiously doing their duty.”

He said the jurors were left “terrified and apprehensive for their own safety” and that “grown men were weeping” as a result of the outburst.

For contempt of court, he sentenced the 14-year-old sister of one accused to four days’ imprisonment and the 58-year-old mother of the other accused to seven days’ imprisonment.

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