A JUDGE has been hailed for excusing a 54-year-old man from jury service after he told a courtroom he was in love for the first time.
The individual explained that taking part in the trial would prevent him from whisking his new partner away for a long weekend.
His exchange with a judge at The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, Ireland was relayed on Twitter by a reporter and has since gone viral.
Sarah-Jane Murphy wrote: "Man: ‘I can’t serve; I’m away for weekend.’
“Judge: ‘We don’t sit at weekends.’
“Man: ‘I’m away till Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor and it’s my first time in love.’
Jury selection, CCJ, yesterday.
Man: I can’t serve; I’m away for weekend.
Judge: We don’t sit at weekends.
Man: I’m away till Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor & it’s my 1st time in love.
Judge: Then you GO and you GO with my blessing.
It was truly an epic moment ❤️
— Sarah-Jane Murphy (@sjanemurf) December 13, 2017
“Judge: ‘Then you GO and you GO with my blessing.”
She described the scenes on Monday as a “truly epic moment”.
She added: "The judge broke into a broad smile and the man walked away grinning.
"The woman beside me turned to me and said, 'Did I imagine that?'
“I had to force myself not to stand up and applaud.”
Twitter users were quick to salute the judge.
Fiona Ferguson wrote: “He is such a gent!”
Aoife RC said: “This honestly sounds like the ending to a film and it’s lovely”.
Nick Keegan joked: “Is this the ending to Love Actually II?”
It comes as a judge demanded an investigation into why cops sat on 40,000 texts which could have cleared a rape suspect.
Liam Allan, 22, faced up to 20 years in prison after being charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault by Met Police before the case dramatically collapsed in court yesterday.
At Croydon crown court Judge Peter Gower insisted: “Something has gone wrong and it is something the CPS should be considering at the very highest level.”
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