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'Illiterate' worker angers judge

An angry judge has branded a prosecution worker an "illiterate idiot" after spotting several spelling mistakes in an indictment.

Judge David Paget was reading a list of charges drawn up by Crown Prosecution Service staff at Wood Green Crown Court in north London when he spotted errors.

The indictment, which accused a man of assault, included attempted "greivous" bodily harm.

The judge said he hoped staff at the court would take more care in future.

Another charge accused the defendant of using an offensive weapon, "namely axe", instead of "an axe".

Throwing the paper down on his bench, Judge Paget added: "It's quite disgraceful.

"This is supposed to be a centre of excellence. To have an indictment drawn up by some illiterate idiot is just not good enough."

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