Man fined £400 for taking selfie in Mold Crown Court public gallery

Thomas said it was the first time he had been in a crown court when he was not the defendant himself Credit: Dee News Service

A man has prosecuted for taking and publishing a photograph of a judge inside Mold Crown Court.

28-year-old Daniel Lee Thomas, of Mold Road in Connah’s Quay, was standing in the public gallery when he decided to take a 'selfie' photo that also showed a judge and the Mold Crown Court crest visible in the background.

The apprentice joiner posted it on Facebook – where it was seen and reported to the court.

Thomas pleaded guilty at Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold this afternoon and was fined £400 with £105 costs.

He told the court he took his "first-ever selfie" because it was the first time he had been in court when he had not been the defendant himself.

Thomas said that he had been waiting for three friends to be sentenced after they climbed up on a roof on Deeside and refused to come down.

He insisted he did not know taking a photograph in court was an offence.

Magistrates also ordered that his iPhone should be returned to him after it was seized by police.