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Top judge does some porridge for charity at Crumlin Road Gaol

By Rebecca Black

He may have sent scores of men and women to jail during his career, but yesterday one of our top judges ended up behind bars himself.

Lord Justice John Gillen was spotted yesterday in one of the notorious cells at Crumlin Road Gaol.

However, criminals need not celebrate, as Mr Gillen's brief stay was part of a big-hearted effort to raise money for some of the world's poorest children.

He was joined by six other volunteers who all agreed to be locked up to raise funds for local children's charity Abaana, which works to help youngsters break free from poverty.

Volunteers had to raise an agreed bail figure of £1,000 each before release.

Mr Gillen said: "I am delighted to be able to lend my support and that of many of my fellow colleagues in the judiciary and the Bar to help raise funds to provide the children of Lweza (in Uganda) with a new nursery school and a better future."

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