A judge who ordered a defendant to read out insulting comments he had made about him on Facebook during sentencing has been given a rap on the knuckles by the High Court of New Zealand.
Troy La Rue had called Judge Allan Roberts a “f****** c***” with a “saggy chin” on Facebook – hours before he found himself in the New Plymouth District Court over unpaid motoring fines worth more than $6000.
He was sentenced to 300 hours’ community service – but this was later cut on appeal because of questions about the way Judge Roberts reached his sentence.
The appeal decision has been praised by Megan Boyd, La Rue’s solicitor, but condemned by the Sensible Sentencing Trust.
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