A woman who was caught yawning loudly in court was removed by Judge Sean MacBride at last week’s sitting of the Carrickmacross District Court.
Judge MacBride stopped preceedings in the court after a loud yawn was heard from the back of the room. The judge said “You, come up here,” at which point a woman, said “Me?”. This was not the woman however, and another woman was indentified as the yawner.
She was ordered to the front of the court and Judge MacBride asked her: “How dare you yawn in my court?” to which the woman replied “Everyone yawns.”
She was then told to behave herself, though as she went to the back of the room, she continued to protest. It was then suggested to Judge MacBride by Supt. Cunningham that the woman was intoxicated. Judge MacBride then ordered the woman to be removed from the court by the attending Gardaí and taken to the station to be breathalysed.
He said that if she was found over the limit he would prosecute her for contempt of court. Judge MacBride said that despite wearing glasses he he eyes like a hawk and could see for “200 to 300 yards away” and that he could see “everything that’s happening”.