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Judge under investigation after claims he 'fell asleep' during rape trial

Manchester Crown Court, where a trial had to be stopped after complaints the judge had fallen asleep. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A trial has had to be abandoned after the judge was claimed to have fallen asleep while an alleged rape victim was giving evidence.

Lawyers claimed that Record Philip Cattan had dozed off on the first day of proceedings.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said the trial had been halted due to "an issue that arose in court during the cross examination of the first complainant in the case".

The trial, which concerns a man accused of rape and sexual offences against children, will now have to be restarted.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office is now looking into the accusation, and any potential punishment will be meted out by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.