Man put picture of himself in court on Facebook

Law and order
Law and order

A MAN landed himself back before Chesterfield magistrates by posting a photo taken in a courtroom on Facebook.

The picture of Ashley Bradbury, posing in front of the justices’ bench, was taken while they were out of the room deciding his sentence.

It later appeared on his Facebook page, with a comment that he laughed in the court’s face.

The law forbids use of cameras and recording equipment within court buildings and a sign at the entrance to Chesterfield magistrates court points this out.

Bradbury (24) was before the justices on December 21 for failing to comply with a probation supervision order and he was handed a curfew order instead.

He had a previous conviction for harassment and was locked up two years ago for domestic assault.

“The magistrates went out to consider sentence and it seems somebody took a photograph of him and he went on to publish this on his Facebook page,” said Peter Bettney, prosecuting.

Bradbury, of Town End, Bolsover, admitted publishing a photograph taken in court between December 21 - January 17. He was fined £315, with £85 costs.

“He conveys his apologies for this offence. It was a complete misjudgement. It was stupid to put it on Facebook and brandish it to the world.

“He wasn’t aware he was committing an offence at the time. He has of course seen the signs outside the building since,” said his solicitor, Katie Fowkes.

Bradbury, an unemployed bricklayers’ labourer, told the court he took the photograph himself.