Who says justice always has to be tough?
A judge in Ireland has melted hearts for letting let a middle-aged man skip jury duty because he was in love for the first time and wanted to go on a mini-break.
The incident happened in Dublin.
It came to light after court report Sarah Jane Murphy took to Twitter to tell the heart-warming tale.
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She was in the Criminal Courts of Justice as jury selection took place and recounted what happened.
“Jury selection, CCJ, yesterday.
Man: I can’t serve; I’m away for weekend.
Judge: We don’t sit at weekends.
Man: I’m away till Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor & it’s my 1st time in love.
Judge: Then you GO and you GO with my blessing.
It was truly an epic moment”.
Her message has now been re-tweeted more than 2,000 times.
The Irish Independent then reported that the incident provoked plenty of discussion in the court afterwards.
“The judge broke into a broad smile and the man walked away grinning. The woman beside me turned to me and said, ‘Did I imagine that?'” the paper reported Sarah-Jane as saying.