Court News: A judge’s chocolate-coloured Labrador puppy had to be removed from a gruesome murder trial at the Old Bailey yesterday, after it proved to be so cute that judicial proceedings were thrown into disarray.
“Even I stopped thinking about my bleak future in prison and had to laugh and smile at the dog,” said Anthony Stevens, 36, who is accused of beating twelve prostitutes to death with a shovel between June and July of 2006.
“I just couldn’t focus on the case properly,” said prosecuting barrister Ian Cohen.
“I was trying to get across the true horror of the crimes that had been committed against these women, but I kept on looking down at the dog having a little stretch on the floor. He was so adorable.”
The breaking point in the trial came when owner Judge Martin Simmons reportedly put his wig on the little dog and told the court: “Judge Labrador sentences you to get him some delicious bones!” at which point the jury started taking pictures on their mobile phones, many of which were posted to Facebook.
The case continues.