Judge who trolled people online and called one man a "donkey" is sacked

David Harding
The judge presided on cases in Canterbury, Kent (Rex)

A judge has been tracked after trolling people online for cases in which he was involved.

Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw, , of Maidstone Chambers in Kent, used a pseudonym to post comments on a newspaper website.

He even called one man a “donkey” and labelled others “narrow-minded and bigoted”.

Despite that, Dunn-Shaw told Kent Online that was “dismayed” at being sacked after his online persona was discovered.

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He had commenting on news stories relating to a case had been sitting as a judge at Canterbury Crown Court, and another for which he was a barrister, reports the BBC.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said his behaviour was “below standard”.

However, Dunn-Shaw told the BBC he would be appealing to the Ombudsman “to complain about the procedure, which to my mind was flawed and unfair”.

 

 

Mr Dunn-Shaw has worked on more than 45 murder trials during his career, as well as numerous other cases involving other offences.

A spokesman for the JCIO said: “In his own name he used publicly available social media sites to post material or not remove material which was not compatible with the dignity of judicial office or suggested a lack of impartiality on matters of public controversy.

“The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice concluded that this behaviour fell below the standard expected of a judicial office holder and have removed Mr Dunn-Shaw from judicial office.”

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