Man jailed for photographing defendants in Truro court

A man has been jailed for a day and fined £750 for contempt after taking a picture of two defendants inside a Cornwall court.

John Goodman, 47, used his mobile phone to take the picture of the men in the dock at Truro Crown Court.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said a strong message had be sent out to anyone committing contempt of court.

Goodman, from Robartes Road, Newquay, will pay £25 a week docked from his £385-a-week benefits, the court heard.

The judge accepted an explanation by Goodman that he intended to use the picture to later tell the men he photographed where their behaviour could lead them.

The use of cameras in court buildings is banned by the 1925 Criminal Justice Act.

Last year, the government said it was considering whether to allow some sentencing in English and Welsh courts to be televised.

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