Magistrate disciplined after Facebook comments on case he oversaw

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Magistrate David King was accused of posting details of a court case on social media - Clara Molden/PA

Amagistrate has been reprimanded after posting a Facebook message about a court case he had overseen.

David King, who sits in courts in Portsmouth, south-east Hampshire, was investigated by a watchdog after a complaint.

A Judicial Conduct Investigations Office spokesman said judicial heads had concluded that Mr King's behaviour "fell below the standard expected of a magistrate".

The spokesman said Mr King had been issued with a reprimand.

Detail has emerged in a statement posted on the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office website.

The statement gave no indication what Mr King's message had said.