French magistrate goes on drunken rampage

19th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 18, 2006 (AFP) - A Paris judge has been sent to a psychiatric hospital after going on a drunken rampage with a Masonic sword, legal sources said on Tuesday.

PARIS, July 18, 2006 (AFP) - A Paris judge has been sent to a psychiatric hospital after going on a drunken rampage with a Masonic sword, legal sources said on Tuesday.

Police were called to the home of Philippe Bonnet of the Paris appeals court after a guest staying there alerted them to his unusual behaviour.

He attacked the two officers with the sword, slightly injuring one, before being overpowered with a flash-ball, a non-lethal weapon used by French police. He was then taken to a psychiatric hospital.

Two weeks previously, the judge had threatened his host with the weapon during a party he attended. He was placed under judicial investigation and given a conditional release.

A legal source said the chief prosecutor for Paris had since launched disciplinary procedures to have the judge temporarily suspended.

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