Frack­ing judge to face probe

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

A JUDGE who jailed three frack­ing protesters is to be in­ves­ti­gated af­ter the Daily Mir­ror un­earthed his fam­ily links to the oil and gas in­dus­try.

Judge Robert Altham caged Si­mon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their peace­ful protest. But the Altham fam­ily busi­ness, run by the judge’s par­ents, counts frack­ing in­vestor Cen­trica amongst its clients.

The Ju­di­cial Con­duct In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice is now look­ing into the com­plaint.

An­other judge could then re­view his con­duct. Dis­missal or dis­ci­plinary ac­tion would be taken if Judge Altham is found to have breached the code of con­duct.

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