A judge has jailed a man for seven days for contempt of court after he was spotted taking a photograph during proceedings.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, ordered Benjamin Mills be detained after the usher saw what he had done in Court Nine at Leeds Crown Court.
Mills, 23, immediately deleted the photograph but was held in custody while he received legal advice after the judge told him taking photographs in court was “strictly forbidden”, saying there were signs pointing that out.
Mills, of St Hilda’s Road, Cross Green, Leeds, was brought back into court and admitted contempt.
Kara Frith, representing him, said: “He accepts from the outset he has been a complete idiot.”
She said Mills was not aware what he was doing was a criminal offence and had taken the photograph quite publicly “because he did not realise his actions would result in him being arrested”.
“When challenged in court he admits he might have appeared rude and apologises for that.”
She said he was in court to see a close friend who was appearing. He had deleted the photo as soon as it was raised with him. “He had no intention to disrespect the court and sometimes acts before he thinks.”
She said Mills suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which had caused him to get in trouble in the past for stupid offences.
The lawyer said Mills had just started a college course training to be a fitness instructor.
Judge Collier said: “You are no stranger to the courts. You came to court to support a friend here for a plea and case management and when he was taken down you stood up and took a photograph of him.
“When challenged you deleted it. This is a very serious matter, it has been forbidden for years. I am satisfied the custody threshold is crossed.”