Judge stabbed at child custody hearing

5th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

METZ, France, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - A French judge was stabbed and critically injured by a young mother on Tuesday after he ruled that her son should remain in foster care, medics and judicial officials said.

METZ, France, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - A French judge was stabbed and critically injured by a young mother on Tuesday after he ruled that her son should remain in foster care, medics and judicial officials said.

Jacques Norris, in his sixties, was in intensive care after being knifed three times in the stomach with a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) blade, during a hearing in his office in the eastern city of Metz.

According to a judicial source, speaking on condition of anonymity, the judge had just ruled the 36-year-old woman's son should remain in the care of his paternal grandparents in the interests of his education.

President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a statement voicing his "profound support" for the judge and said he had asked Justice Minister Rachida Dati to draw up plans to improve security in court facilities.

Dati also expressed her shock at the attack and said she was closely monitoring the victim's condition. She was to travel to Metz later Tuesday to meet staff and review security procedures at the court.

A demonstration was planned outside the court building to protest at the security flaws that allowed the attacker to bring a weapon into a judge's office.


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