And finally… battle of wits

An online court hearing was brought to an abrupt halt after a mystery man was heard muttering “f***wit” under his breath.

The unexpected expletive interrupted the defence barrister in a case being heard in the criminal division of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia.

Barrister Richard Edney told the judge: “I heard an expletive, your honour. I don’t know who it was from.”

Mr Justice Andrew Tinney confirmed he had heard it, but added: “Obviously whoever said it didn’t intend it for your ears.”

Mr Edney said he wanted an apology from the mystery speaker before proceedings continued, but the judge urged him to “not take it personally”, The Guardian reports.

The proceedings eventually resumed without the speaker being identified – and after the prosecution reminded Mr Edney what he had been in the middle of saying.

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