OXFORD, England, July 25 (UPI) -- A British judge sparked shock and outrage after he brandished a knife during the trial of a 16-year-old accused of wounding with a blade.
Judge Roger Connor of Oxford Crown Court said the knife he pulled from his pocket during the trial was acceptable to carry in public under English and Welsh law because it was less than 3 inches long, The Sun reported Friday.
Connor took out the knife after the teenage defendant said he has used a folding knife and needed only one hand to open it.
"It happens I have a folding knife in my pocket," the judge said before showing the knife to the court. "You need two hands to open it, don't you?"
The demonstration sparked outrage among anti-knife crime activists.
"He should lose his job," Lyn Costello, co-founder of the Mothers Against Murder and Aggression campaign. "One teenager a week is being murdered on the streets of Britain and here he is brandishing a knife."
"Enough is enough -- we need to get tough on knives in this country and our judges should be handing out tough sentences, not brandishing their own," she said.