A 23 year old woman who was before Judge Seamus Hughes at a sitting of Athlone District Court on a Charge of Assault arising from an incident where the woman was accused of smashing a glass into another woman's face.
Judge Hughes who is a former Fianna Fáil T.D. addressed the woman with the following remarks: " “What are you like on a night out? You must be a pure tinker. That’s the only word I can think of, and I’m not casting aspersions on any other section of society when I say that.”
The woman pleaded guilty to assault and received a two month suspended sentence after handing over €700.
A two month suspended sentence seems like a very light sentence for such an offence, considering the same Judge had sentenced a man to climb Croagh Patrick and do four stations of the cross along with some prayers.
Judge Hughes has a history of making controversial remarks. He made the following remarks during a case before him: "We usually know our neighbours and generally we know who 'has form' and who doesn't. Mr Stokes' neighbours would know that he has considerable form.
"Nobody has indicated it to me, but I suspect he comes from a certain ethnic background that would give him even more form given the type of behaviour in which some of them engage.
"As I've described it before, they are like Neanderthal men living in the long grass, abiding by the laws of the jungle."
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