Defendant waved his penis at, and mooned judge at Ennis Court today

Judge Patrick Durcan was "horrified by what he had witnessed"
Judge Patrick Durcan was "horrified by what he had witnessed"

A defendant pulled down his pants and mooned Judge Patrick Durcan today, before spinning around and mauling his penis while shouting obscenities at the shocked lawmaker.

Proceedings at Ennis District Court came to a halt after the grotesque scene, which occurred when the judge refused to grant the man's younger brother bail. 

The man, who is a member of the travelling community, acted out his anger by pulling down his pants, turning around and slapping his bare arse with his hands.

He then spun around, flailing his penis while shouting at the judge, who promptly retreated from his bench into his adjoining chambers.

A melee ensued in court as gardai restrained the 24-year old and his 18 year old brother, who was also lashing out.

One officer was assaulted during the incident.

After 20 minutes of disturbance the court re-commenced.

The two Ennis men were before the court on Section 3 assault charges on a 17-year-old male.

Both men were handcuffed by gardai, who also cleared the courtroom of any family and friends of the two.

At the resumed hearing, Judge Durcan remanded the two men in custody.

The Irish Independent reports that Inspector Tom Kennedy said after court:

“What happened was incredible and to see someone moon at a judge and then show his genitals to the court and hold them in his hand was an affront to the administration of justice in the court. Why someone would do that, I just don't know.

“It is something that members of the general public did not to have witness what occurred today. Judge Durcan was also horrified by what he had witnessed."