Suspended sentence

The criminal tables were turned recently in Scotland, when three judges received a term of imprisonment in a lift at the High Court in Glasgow. Lords Menzies and Bracadale and temporary judge Michael O’Grady were stuck in the lift for 45 minutes while an engineer attempted to free them.

The judges became trapped when the lift broke down during an evacuation of the building after a fire alarm sounded. Apparently, when the ordeal was over, all three judges returned to court, with O’Grady apologising to jurors, telling them: “There are some days when you wish you had never got out of bed.”

The reason for the fire alarm? Two pieces of burnt toast.