Magistrate who called vandals 'scum' loses job:
Austin Molloy yesterday stood by his comments, insisting that the boys needed to realise it was wrong to have desecrated a cathedral.
Mr Molloy, a company director with 18 years experience on the magistrates bench, said he discovered he had been relieved of the chairman role when he attended Blackburn Magistrates Court on Friday.
He has not been told when he will be allowed to return.
The incident happened on Thursday during the sentencing of two 16-year-old boys from Darwen who had written racist and sexually abusive words in prayer books and damaged a priceless John the Baptist cross.
During sentencing Mr Molloy told the boys: "Normal people would consider you absolute scum."
But the court clerk challenged Mr Molloy in open court, saying he had used "inappropriate language".
She then encouraged one of the boys mothers to go ahead with her plans to make an official complaint.
Yesterday Mr Molloy, 57, from Darwen, defended his criticism of the boys.
He said: "It was a considered decision made by all three magistrates on that day.
"In my view and in the view of other colleagues, the clerk overstepped herself and overreacted quite far.
He added: "They needed to be told off. The courts need to start looking after the victims rather than the criminals.
"I am perfectly capable and will not give up my role as a magistrate. I was saying it how it is and how people will understand. It reflects how things are today, I forgot to be politically correct."
I think these kids are scum. I think their mother is scum. And I think the douchbag courtroom clerk is an oversensitive, coddled, politically correct, enabling, twit with an overwhelming sense of entitlement and a boulder size chip on her shoulder.