September 18th, 2010

I sentence you to…

Posted in The Job - General by 200

S0me people take an interesting approach to the idea of crime & punishment.

Take County Donegal judge Seamus Hughes, who recently sat on a case of a drunken man who swore at two officers of the Garda. He told one of the officers to ‘go back to County Mayo’. I have no idea if this is an Irish euphamism or just some inter-county banter.

The judge told 38-year-old Patrick McElwee to go & climb a mountain in County Mayo. He said: “I want you to come back in a month’s time with evidence that you did the four stations of Croagh Patrick, and say a few prayers.”

Speaking on the defendant’s behalf, his solicitor told the judge that whilst people in the public gallery found the judge’s directions amusing, they were taking it seriously. He asked how the defendant would be able to prove he had climbed the mountain. The judge, clearly ahead of the game, advised he had some questions to ask of the defendant  which he should be able to answer once he had completed the feat.

Judge Hughes said: “You better have the answers, and I will know whether you are telling the truth or not.”


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  1. joe says:

    People from Mayo, coming from the far west of the country and what was always a poor rural area had an unfair reputation for being a bit “slow”. However we had enough brains to get a new airport built at Knock so we could coin it from the prigim/tourist trade which the gentleman in question will now be contributing to!

    September 18th, 2010 at 22:56

  2. simon says:

    So Mayo is like Norfolk, inbred, 6 fingers and webbed feet.

    September 19th, 2010 at 10:43

  3. Fee says:

    As offences go, it wasn’t exactly the Great Train Robbery, was it? Novel punishment, though. Maybe we should send some of our offenders off to climb Ben Nevis … in January, and tell Mountain Rescue to let them get on with it.

    September 19th, 2010 at 11:08

  4. PC A Hunn says:

    He should have stipulated that the bloke had to do it bare footed as many pilgrims do to emulate St.Patrick.

    Mind I dont think it should taken up over here. I love the Mountains of this country and enjoy them all the more by them being shite free.

    September 19th, 2010 at 17:44

  5. bill says:

    Do you understand, little Grasshopper?

    September 19th, 2010 at 22:56

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