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Judge reprimanded for 'courage' comment

Posted by: Laurence Simons 20/12/12

In some of the month's least surprising news, crown court judge Peter Bower has been reprimanded for suggesting that burglars need 'a huge amount of courage' to, you know, break into people's homes and steal their things.

While Mr Bower has yet to offer his opinion on the strong hand-eye coordination required for successful drink-driving or the impressive degree of technological know-how involved in card phishing schemes, he has still been told in no uncertain terms to refrain from admiring the attributes of convicted criminals.

The Office for Judicial Complaints said: "The lord chancellor and the lord chief justice considered his comments to have damaged public confidence in the judicial process," reports the Guardian.

No further action will be taken against the crown court judge for his comments, which (to be fair) were made in the context of a larger statement commending defendant Richard Rochford for his efforts to change his life and deal with his addiction to heroin.

The judge spared the 26-year-old serial burglar from an immediate custodial sentence in favour of a two-year supervision order and a driving ban, suggesting that sending him to prison would not be wise given his ongoing attempt to reform.