Judge sacked for post­ing on­line abuse

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A crown court judge has been sacked af­ter post­ing abu­sive com­ments on­line about cases he was in­volved in.

For­mer recorder Ja­son Dun­nShaw took to Ken­tOn­line to dub the crit­ics of his work as “don­keys” and “trolls”.

His com­ments in­cluded ref­er­ences to crit­ics of his han­dling of a case in­volv­ing Sa­man­tha Sharp, who ad­mit­ted a dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge af­ter a crash in Sha­dox­hurst that left her vic­tims trapped in a burn­ing mini.

Af­ter the crash in June 2014, Mr Dunn-Shaw had told Shaw that if she was not a mother, she would have gone to prison. She was given a two-year sus­pended sen­tence, which many be­lieved was too le­nient.

But us­ing the on­line pseu­do­nym Querelle, he went out of his way to ex­plain the de­ci­sion and branded crit­ics “don­keys” and ac­cused them of oc­cu­py­ing “a nar­row-minded big­oted sphere”.

He also took to the web­site to crit­i­cise other com­menters af­ter he acted as a de­fence bar­ris­ter for a Betteshanger fam­ily who were con­victed of de­fraud­ing de­men- tia suf­ferer Bar­bara Lewis out of £57,000 in Novem­ber 2015.

Mr Dunn-Shaw re­vealed de­tails of the case, some of which were not men­tioned in court, prompt­ing the late Mrs Lewis’ son to is­sue a com­plaint to the Ju­di­cial Con­duct In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice (JCIO).

Af­ter a 16-month in­quiry, the of­fice an­nounced that Mr Dun­nShaw will no longer be al­lowed to sit as a recorder, a part-time judge. The lord chan­cel­lor and lord chief jus­tice con­cluded that his be­hav­iour “fell be­low the stan­dard ex­pected”.

But this week, in­stead of apol­o­gis­ing, Mr Dunn-Shaw in­sisted he was re­garded as “out­stand­ing”, and ac­cused the in­quiry of act­ing dis­grace­fully.

He told our sis­ter news­pa­per the Ken­tish Gazette: “I am dis- mayed. I have served dili­gently for a num­ber of years through­out the South East. I have been de­scribed as ‘out­stand­ing’ by coun­sel, jurors and wit­nesses.

“The JCIO ac­cepts that com­ments were made on Ken­tOn­line un­der a pseu­do­nym. The day that I re­ceived my sack­ing was the same day that a judge was ex­on­er­ated for call­ing a de­fen­dant a ‘c***’ in open court.

“It seems to me un­fair that the track­ing of anony­mous ma­te­rial places me where I am now.”

Mr Dunn-Shaw said he would ap­peal against the de­ci­sion to the om­buds­man.

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Pic­ture: Paul Amos

Canterbury Crown Court

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