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A man involved in a face-off with a judge walked free from the High Court on Friday.

Oliver Sludds admitted he was wrong to argue the judge could not hear his case unless first producing his oath of office.

Mr Sludds, of Tineshin, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, caused a stir at Wexford District Court last Wednesday when he challenged Judge David Anderson to produce his oath of office.

The 29-year-old quoted from the Constitution on the issue of judges' appointments before disputing the validity of the summons for his arrest, saying it was in the wrong name. He was in court to face a number of motoring offences.

Judge Anderson said he would not grant Mr Sludds bail as he could not accept a bail bond from someone whose signature could not be verified. He ordered the defendant be remanded in Cloverhill Prison in Dublin.

On Friday at the High Court, counsel for Mr Sludds, Colman Fitzgerald, said Judge Anderson had been wrong not to grant his client bail. He added his client accepted his argument to Judge Anderson was "misconceived".
(Source: The Irish Independent)


A Rathdrum man was shocked to discover a dead python while walking home from Arklow last week.

'I was walking along the coast road about a mile and a half outside Arklow when I saw the box and the dead snake inside. I thought it was fairly strange to see it dumped on the side of the road and in that sort of box,' explained Mark Browne.

'I reckon somebody left it there to die. I was concerned when the box was taped up so I opened it. It was full to the brim with bark mulch so I thought something might jump out at me. I think it is very cruel to leave it there like that,' Mr. Browne added.

There was no indication of how the snake came to be at the roadside, however, The Wicklow People spoke to Ross Elliott, owner of Rocky's Pet Shop on Main Street who identified the species as a python.
(Source: The Wicklow People)