Co Down man who called judge 'a scumbag' sent to jail
A Co Down man who called a judge a "scumbag'' during a court outburst has been sentenced to 30 months for contempt of court and for assaulting and harassing his neighbour.
Patrick Joseph Russell (31), of Ardglass Road, Strangford, was told by Judge David McFarland that he would serve half his sentence in custody and the remaining 15 months on licence.
Prosecution lawyer Laura Ievers told the Belfast Recorder that the contempt of court arose during a hearing in May when Russell and his partner Hannah Barton appeared before Judge Piers Grant at Downpatrick Crown Court.
The court heard that after remanding the couple in custody to await sentence, Russell shouted "scumbag'' among other offensive remarks at the judge.
A threat was also made to a police officer and a second man.
Russell had admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on his neighbour and also harassing the man by mobile phone.