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Newtownards man who swore at Crown Court judge is back in the dock

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Newtownards man who launched a foul-mouthed tirade at a Crown Court judge after he was handed a prison sentence was back in the dock yesterday on a charge of contempt of court.

Philip Hedley (32), from Regent Street, launched the verbal assault on Judge Piers Grant at Downpatrick Crown Court last week.

Hedley was handed a 30-month sentence - half of which he was told he will serve in prison - for several offences during a sitting last Thursday.

Crown prosecutor Sam Megee said that while Hedley had been "largely compliant" during the course of the sentencing, when the jail term was imposed by Judge Grant, Hedley verbally abused the judge in an expletive-filled outburst.

Mr Magee said that since the outburst last week, Hedley admitted he was in contempt of court and offered an apology.

Handing Hedley a one-month sentence, the judge told him: "You should consider yourself extremely lucky."

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