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Man fined for taking selfie in court

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A man found himself in contempt of court after taking a selfie with his friend in the dock.

Jason Tamlin went to Haverfordwest Magistrates Court in Pembrokeshire with his friend Eddie Waring, 20, to support him on a charge of possessing cannabis.

Tamlin, 31, of Lampeter, used his mobile phone to take a selfie Waring as he stood in the dock whilst magistrates retired to deliberate.

The 'selfie' has become a popular trend in 21st century culture however photography is strictly banned in courts under a law dating back to 1925.

Ellen De Generes' famous Oscar's selfie became the most retweeted photograph on social media Credit: @TheEllenShow

A court clerk summoned security to the courtroom and he was fined £200 after admitting Contempt of Court - twice as much as the friend he went along to support.

The photograph is said to have since been deleted.

He had taken the photograph as a bit of fun at the time. But he now realised it had been a big mistake. He had not seen notices which explained that photography is banned within the court."

– Mike Kelleher, Defence solicitor

Waring, of Cardigan, West Wales, was fined £100 after admitting possession of cannabis.