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Wolf-whistle lands Paul in the cells; RETRO REPORT MAY 22, 1993 - How we covered...

PAUL POWELL lost his heart and his liberty when he wolf-whistled at a woman juror at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

He was imprisoned for 14 days after whistling at 22-year-old Alexa Hamley as she returned from the jury room.

The 19-year-old in the public gallery just pursed his lips and blew when he saw Alexa.

All eyes turned on the culprit as the piercing whistle resounded through the wood-panelled room.

He winked, she blushed, barristers smirked, some people smiled - and Judge Geoffrey Kilfoil saw red.

The furious judge - later accused by Powell's friends and a prison reform campaigner of overreacting - shouted, "Officers arrest that man."

The teenager made a dash for it, leaping over benches, through the foyer and out into the street. Officers from the adjacent police station arrested him 400 yards away.

Oxford-educated Judge Kilfoil, 53, ordered the man to be locked up over lunch while he considered how to deal with the contempt of court.

Shame-faced Paul, of Ely, Cardiff, apologised to the judge for his wolf-whistle.

"I'm very sorry," he said.

"My friends and I had seen the woman juror and they talked me into whistling at her.

"I didn't realise quite how loud it was.

"Then I panicked and ran off when you ordered me to be arrested.

"I didn't mean to offend anyone. It was meant as a bit of a joke."

But the judge said he was not prepared to accept the apology, and sentenced Paul to 14 days for contempt of court.

After the case, Miss Hamley said: "I heard this whistling from the back of the court, blushed and put my head down."

Edited by Tony Woolway
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 22, 2013
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