Dropping the C bomb is not something you would expect from any judge, let alone a British High Court judge like Patricia Lynch QC.
She visible stunned her court when sentencing a racist defendant, John Henningan, 50, who told her she was “a bit of a c***”.
Her immediate response was “You are a bit of a c*** yourself. Being offensive to me doesn’t help.”
Hennigan shouted back: “Go f*** yourself.”
“You too,” replied the judge.
The Judge jailed Henningan for 18 months for his insults to a Caribbean mother, after hearing that he had 23 convictions for 47 offences and which included Nazi salutes and racist incidents.
However the incident has not gone off entirely without a combination of blame and praise for the Judge.
A complaint has been made to the UK Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.
But scores of people have praised her reaction and use of the “Queen’s English”. Some saying she is both a hero and and idol.
Among the supportive tweets – Stan Keaton tweeted: “Judge Patricia Lynch QC has a cracking reply to a racist thug in her courtroom.”
Luke Farley said: “Hats off to Judge Patricia Lynch. I think it was a reasonable response given the vile racist in front of her.”
And Marc Thomas posted: “It is a bit hard to give children role models nowadays but Judge Patricia Lynch QC is definitely one.”