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Aussie man jailed for blowing bubble in court

An Australian man was jailed for 30 days for blowing a bubble in court, reports said on Friday.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2010 10:39 IST
AFP

An Australian man was jailed for 30 days for blowing a bubble in court, reports said on Friday.

Mirza Zukanovic, 20, was facing an assault-related charge when he blew his gum into a bubble and popped it as he looked at magistrate Rodney Crisp, News Limited newspapers said.

Instead of demanding an apology or fine, an incensed Crisp issued a jail term and sent Zukanovic down to the cells for scandalising the court and challenging its authority.

He was later freed by Melbourne's Supreme Court pending an appeal against the sentence, which his lawyer described as too harsh.

First Published: Jun 18, 2010 10:34 IST