It’s no surprise that Muhammad attacks judge is a headline, considering the Koran says that the judge has no jurisdiction over them. And mental health is the go-to for those Muslims wishing to dupe authorities for an easy sentence – they’re incarcerated with bored women who have mental health issues and are medicated to compliance.
A man is in mental health custody after being charged with assaulting a district court judge in Christchurch, and the Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation into how the attack happened.
Judge Jackie Moran was not injured in the assault which took place on Wednesday during a hearing under the Mental Health Act.
It is understood the man lunged at her at the conclusion of the hearing and managed to strike her before he was restrained.
Security staff were present at the hearing, but they were not the ministry’s own security officers.
Apart from mental health hearings, Judge Moran does criminal court work and sits in the Family Court.
The 26-year-old man, Muhammad Tanvir, who lives in the Christchurch suburb of Middleton, appeared in the Christchurch District Court sitting at the Rangiora Court House yesterday.
Judge Jane Farish remanded him in mental health care at Hillmorton Hospital to make a further appearance at Rangiora on August 3.
He faces a charge laid under the Crimes Act, that being a male he assaulted a woman, Judge Moran, and another charge of assaulting a man on the same day.
Judge Moran is the wife of Judge Phillip Moran who also sits in Christchurch. Altercations and escapes do sometimes happen around the courts but attacks on judges in New Zealand are rare.
Prisoners attending the courts are escorted by either police or prison officers, and Corrections officers sit with defendants throughout jury trials in Christchurch.
The courts have had their own security staff for several years.
They look after security around the buildings, and in Christchurch conduct “airport-style” scans on people entering the building.
Since the February earthquake, the Ministry of Justice has been struggling to reinstate full court services in Christchurch and has largely succeeded, although no jury trials have been able to be held in the city.
They have been held in the Timaru court.
The disruption has meant that instead of being held in one courthouse in the central city and two adjoining buildings, the court sittings have been spread across about 10 venues.