I don’t have a ‘Judge-Ignorant’ category, so, I’ll have to stick this in The Needle’s ‘Judge Mental’ category.
There are a lot of ‘allegedlys’ in the stories this morning about this.
He ‘allegedly’ fell asleep.
But the undeniable fact remains that Judge Philip Cattan couldn’t be bothered to give the impression that he was awake regardless of whether he slept or not and as a consequence a schoolgirl looks likely to have to give her harrowing evidence again in the child sex abuse trial that Judge Philip Cattan was presiding over.
What kind of message does that send out ?
He should retire!
A young girl faces having to repeat her harrowing evidence of alleged sex abuse.
And taxpayers must pick up a bill for thousands of pounds – all because a judge is accused of falling asleep.
The jury was sent home as a probe was launched into claims Recorder Philip Cattan snoozed as the girl gave evidence via video link.
Worried he had nodded off during a crucial point in the case, barristers raised a “point of law”.
And while the jury was out of the room, the judge was confronted with the claim he had slept during part of the cross-examination.
Kama Melly, a leading criminal barrister who specialises in child sex crime , said: “If these allegations prove to be correct then they are extremely serious.