Crime reporters take note: Man fined £400 for taking 'selfie' in court

A man took a ‘selfie’ in court – and became the latest victim of the law that has prevented journalists taking photos in court for decades.

Daniel Lee Thomas’ took the image in the public gallery of a crown court – and posted it on Facebook.

He even made sure judge Peter Heywood, and the court crest, were in the background.

The judge at Mold Crown Court, Wales, didn’t give him a Facebook ‘Like’ though. Instead, he reported Thomas, who was arrested and had his phone seized by police.

He was later fined £400 by Flint magistrates.

Thomas, of Mold Road, Connah’s Quay apologised and said he did not know taking pictures was illegal.

He got his phone back, though.

Cleland Thom is author law of the eBook: Internet law for journalists.

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