A judge has suggested that murdered student Karen Buckley made herself ‘very vulnerable’ by drinking too much alcohol.
District Judge Nigel Cadbury was at a hearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court about a drunken assault on Friday when he made the controversial comments.
Judge Cadbury told the court: ‘I find it incredible that young people can get so drunk that they don’t even know who they’re with.
‘One only has to think about the horrible situation in Glasgow to see how serious this could have been.
‘It’s very, very worrying how young girls put themselves in such very, very vulnerable positions.’
Leanne Roberts, 21, of Ombersley, Worcester, punched a woman outside Lloyds Bar in Worcester in an unprovoked attack and was sentenced to a six-month community order.
Judge Cadbury told her: ‘There is a drinking problem because she (Roberts) can’t remember what she did.
‘That is a problem. I am sure you are now aware of how vulnerable you made yourself.’
He is not new to controversy. In April 2013, he refused to sentence a thief who stole heating oil from a village hall because he feared he would ‘overreact’.
He told the court his wife sat on a village hall committee and he felt ‘very strongly about this sort of behaviour.’