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 Ã‚Â 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.”