Northern Ireland

Judge says people who waste court time should be fined

A judge in Londonderry had said people who do not proceed with complaints they have made to the police should be fined.

District judge Barney McElholm made the comments at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after a man withdrew an allegation of domestic violence against his partner.

He described the man's decision not to continue as a waste of public money.

He said a fine should be imposed on anyone who wasted the court's time.